Aleix Vidal’s Barcelona future is in the balance and will be reviewed in January. Even though the player has a deal until 2020, the club could decide to move him on in the winter, although they’d prefer that not to have to happen. Robert Fernandez met Vidal’s agent in Andorra on Monday to reflect on what’s been a difficult year of adaption.
Vidal joined the club in June 2015 during the best moment of his career. He’d won the Europa League with Sevilla, beating Dnipro in the final, Vicente del Bosque had called him up for Spain duty and he would debut against Costa Rica. It was all good news. However, his time at Barcelona has since been complicated.
FIFA’s transfer ban meant he could only train with his new team-mates until January. He made his debut in the Copa del Rey against Espanyol and rotated in and out of the side until March 12, which proved his last game in 2015-16 season. It was against Getafe at Camp Nou in La Liga.
Luis Enrique didn’t give him any more minutes, but in pre-season he re-opened the door. Aleix Vidal explained that he had a chat with his manager in which “he gave me his opinion and I also told him what I thought.” The right-back came out of the meeting in a positive frame of mind. “The best thing is that we solved out differences,” he said, before enjoying minutes in the summer.
He started the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup and the game against Alaves, when Luis Enrique was not impressed with his performance. Since then, he’s been left out of the squad for the next six matches. His negative spiral has continued and an exit may prove the only option if things don’t