Arda Turan endured a frustrating debut season - or, half season, rather - at Barcelona following his move from Atletico Madrid last summer.
The Turkey international, widely regarded as one of La Liga’s most effective attacking midfielders prior to his move to the Camp Nou, struggled to get to grips with Barça’s unique style and ended up playing a bit-part role during the final weeks of the campaign.
That he was forced to miss the entire first of the season clearly didn’t help the 29-year-old - Barcelona’s ban on registering players until January 2016 meant he was prohibited from playing during his first five months of his spell with the Catalan giants - and his struggles continued into Euro 2016.
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Arda, the most famous Turkish player of the current generation, was booed by his own compatriots from the stands during a group-stage match against Spain.
This was undoubtedly the lowest moment of his career - and by some distance.
Things *were* looking up for Arda
Arda returned to pre-season training a week earlier than initially planned, Luis Enrique cut his holiday short in order to ensure the player will enter the 2016-17 season in peak physical condition, and the Turk has impressed in pre-season.
However, Arda has just shot himself in the foot with his latest activity on Twitter.
The midfielder recently ‘liked’ a photo of the Real Madrid shirt sleeve, with the new ‘Undécima‘ badge on the sleeve - representing the club’s eleventh European Cup triumph.
The tweet in question...
Los Blancos, under the management of Zinedine Zidane, won the Champions League final against Arda’s former club, Atletico, back in May.
Needless to say, this has not gone down well with Barcelona fans, who have expressed their dismay on social media.
Barcelona fans slam Arda on Twitter
Check out this reaction…
Run the Spanish tweets through a translator - although, on second thoughts, don't if you're not fond of bad language.
Will this speed up Arda Turan’s departure from Barcelona - or does he still have a role to play at the Camp Nou? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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