Claudio Bravo criticises former club on Twitter - after they congratulate him for reaching Champions League final

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Chile international Claudio Bravo gave a harsh response to Colo Colo, but there's a reason behind his comments.

Chilean club Colo Colo took to their official Twitter account on Wednesday night, in order to congratulate their former players, Barcelona 'keeper Claudio Bravo, and Juventus star Arturo Vidal, for both reaching the Champions League final.

However, and somewhat surprisingly at first glance, the reply from Bravo was far from positive...

"It's much easier to jump on the bandwagon of victory when things go well, Colo Colo, but you also have to be there when we ask for an occasional favour." Responded the 32-year-old Chile captain.

The reason for this outburst from the Barcelona goalkeeper? Well, according to AS Chile, whilst on a winter break back in his home country last December, Bravo asked his former club if he could train with them for a few days, to keep himself in top shape. This request was also backed by Barcelona.

Colo Colo manager Hector Tapia rejected Bravo's request, claiming the goalkeeper wouldn't be welcome to train with the team, suggesting the decision was to "protect his squad" from a disruptive influence.

An inflammatory response, for sure, but there's also more to the story. Bravo had apparently made critical comments about Colo Colo defender, Julio Barroso, which the player hadn't forgotten.

As such, when Tapia consulted the players about permitting Bravo to train with the team in December, Barroso and some of his colleagues rejected the idea, hence the response from their manager.

The argument which ensued, lead to both Bravo's father and his agent, suggesting that the goalkeeper would now have nothing further to do with Colo Colo. The club where the player began his career, and also, had hinted towards a desire of returning, to end his playing days.

Interestingly, the subsequent responses from Colo Colo fans to the tweet from Bravo, were mostly favourable towards the reply of the Chilean goalkeeper, who they still regard with great fondness.

Despite the well meaning tweet from the Colo Colo account, and the frustrated response from Bravo, he is unlikely to feature in the Champions League final against Juventus.

The goalkeeping selection policy of Luis Enrique with Barcelona this season, has been to play German stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegan as first-choice in the European competition, with Bravo first-choice in La Liga.

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