Aleix Vidal reveals details of crunch talks with Luis Enrique

Aleix Vidal disclosed information on Wednesday about the meeting he held with Barcelona coach Luis Enrique during last season, after the former Sevilla player was given barely any game time by the Asturian.

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Vidal, along with Arda Turan, had to miss the opening half of the 2015/16 season due to the sanctions imposed by FIFA on the Catalan club. After this time period passed, however, the 26-year-old made only 14 appearances for the Blaugrana and thus went to seek an explanation from Enrique for his lack of minutes.

"I had a long talk with [Enrique] because he didn't have a good feeling [about me]," Vidal began, "He told me what he thought and I was unhappy over some of the things he said, we both had our reasons.

"The most important thing was to resolve our differences and we left the meeting pleased [with the resolution]. Perhaps, unconsciously, I wasn't training at 100 per cent because I knew I couldn't play [until the FIFA sanctions were lifted].

"I was surprised to find that not only was Dani Alves my competition but also Sergi Roberto [for the right-back spot]."

Vidal also stated that these talks with Enrique "were only about sporting matters", ensuring that at no time did the pair speak about the controversial Persiscope that Gerard Pique uploaded after Barça's 4-0 win over Eibar on March 6, where the Spain international openly joked about his fellow team-mates situation at the club.


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