Vidal offered Barcelona lifeline

The Catalans' sporting director will not close the door on the right-back despite his lack of playing time and says the team are still counting on him

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez says out of favour right-back Aleix Vidal will be given the chance to work his way back into Luis Enrique's plans.

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Vidal has been omitted from Luis Enrique's matchday squad for seven successive games and the 27-year-old is reportedly heading for the exit as Barca plot a move for former La Masia student Hector Bellerin.

Having fallen behind makeshift defender Sergi Roberto in the pecking order, Vidal had to clarify last month that a social media post was not aimed at Luis Enrique in a derogatory manner.

Echoing sentiments of the coach before Saturday's 4-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna, Fernandez says Barca are still counting on Vidal.

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"Aleix must continue working and believing in himself," Fernandez told TV3.

"A few days ago, Adriano [Correia, who left Barca for Besiktas in June] said that he was wrong and that if he had acted differently he would still be in the club, it's a good statement.

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"In the summer both the coach and myself said that the team's two right-backs were Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal, we still think the same.

"He is a good player and we are waiting, but there is time to change the situation."