It was revealed earlier this week, by Catalan newspaper Sport, that Luis Enrique has supposedly ‘punished’ Arda Turan by shortening his summer holiday by a week.
The Turk is the only Barcelona player that participated at the European Championships who will have to return to pre-season training a week earlier than originally planned.
Instead of returning to training on August 1, Arda has instead been ordered to report back on July 25 - next Monday. He will fly to England with his teammates for a training camp ahead of the first friendly against Celtic in Dublin on July 30.
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Sport speculated that Enrique made this decision in order to assert “some control” on the former Atletico Madrid star.
Arda flattered to deceive during his first season at the Camp Nou, although missing the first five months of the 2015-16 season hardly helped the 29-year-old.
Adjusting to Barcelona’s style of play proved difficult for the Turkey international, who also failed to shine at Euro 2016.
In fact, in a group match against Spain, he was even booed by his own country’s supporters.
Arda's response to Enrique's decision
Sport have now issued an update to their original story, revealing how Arda has responded to Enrique’s decision.
It turns out he’s taken it pretty well.
Arda has returned to the Catalan capital earlier than expected, according to the report, as proven by a photograph of the midfielder playing basketball.
It seems that he wants to show the club’s manager that he is committed to the team and intent on turning around his current situation.
Arda was entitled to stay on holiday until Monday, when he’s due to appear at the Cuitat Esportiva training complex, but showed that he means business by returning to the city early.
Arda has a point to prove
Widely regarded as one of the best players in La Liga prior to his move to the Camp Nou last year, Arda will feel he has a point to prove this season.
It’s unlikely that he’ll begin the season as one of Enrique’s first-choice players, but he will have the opportunity to impress his coach in a series of friendlies over the coming weeks.
Barcelona take on Celtic at the end of the month, before facing Premier League champions Leicester City and Liverpool in the International Champions Cup.
The Catalan giants then face Sampdoria in their final pre-season match before playing Sevilla in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on August 11.
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