Barcelona manager criticises Song performance

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Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has called out Cameroonian midfielder Alex Song for his poor showing against Cartagena in the Copa del Rey on Friday.

Despite trotting out 4-1 winners, some of the displays from the Barcelona players left the manager disappointed. Ex-Arsenal player Alex Song was singled out for criticism by his coach:

"Playing as a holding midfielder is not the same as playing as half of a midfield pivot pair," he said.

"At times, he did well but other times he was turned inside out and he was having trouble finding a second, alternative option with his passing."

Cameroonian midfielder Song was bought by Barcelona for £15m from Arsenal and has failed to make an impression for the Catalan giants. Song has been touted for a return to the Premier League in January, as Barcelona are keen to cut their losses for a price less than half of what they paid.

Since joining from Arsenal, Song has been involved in a number of off-field disputes with his team-mates, including being involved in a bust-up with Gerard Pique during their title parade and needing to borrow boots from Sergio Busquets because he left his at the training ground.

These latest comments from the Barcelona boss seem to seal the midfielder’s fate at the club, and a move in January could be most beneficial to both parties. Manchester United and AC Milan are reportedly interested.

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