It must take an awful lot of courage - and an insatiable desire to want to play football week in, week out - to leave Barcelona.
Even if you’re not getting many minutes, representing one of the world’s biggest football clubs while earning big money and training alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez is about as good as it gets.
However, there are some players - and full credit to them - who aren’t happy playing a bit-part role at the Camp Nou.
Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez both could have stayed with the Catalan giants but decided they wanted to become key players - rather than useful squad members - elsewhere.
And now another player in Barcelona’s current squad is keen to leave the club in search of regular first-team football.
Vidal wants out
Aleix Vidal was fantastic during his one season with Sevilla and subsequently earned himself an €18 million move to Barça in June 2015.
However, due to the club’s ban on registering new signings until January 2016, the Spaniard was forced to watch on from the sidelines until the New Year.
Vidal, a right-sided wing-back, made 14 appearances for Barcelona last season.
He was expected to become a regular following the departure of Dani Alves in the summer, but it’s midfielder Sergi Roberto who has surprisingly established himself as the team’s first-choice right-back this term.
Vidal tells teammates 'I want to leave'
According to AS, Vidal has told his teammates inside the dressing room: “It’s clear to me. I want to leave.”
It’s hard to blame Vidal for feeling this way; he’s barely played and, according to reports, his relationship with manager Luis Enrique is crumbling.
Enrique is unhappy with Vidal
It’s understood that the Barça boss is unimpressed with the full-back’s performances and attitude in training.
However, although Enrique is unhappy with the want-away Vidal, who hopes a club will sign him in January, Barcelona are still unsure whether they should allow the player to leave.
They would almost certainly make a significant loss on their €18 million investment, while they don’t possess too many options at right-back as things stand.
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