Yannick Carrasco has been fined and suspended by current club Dalian Yifang amid links to Arsenal.
The Gunners have reportedly long been admirers of the former Atletico Madrid winger, who has continuously been linked with a move away from his current employers.
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- The 25-year-old is being strongly linked with a move to Arsenal
- He played for three years at Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone
- The Belgium international nearly joined Arsenal in January 2018
- The player has been suspended from training and given a fine by Dalian Yifang
- His future in the CSL looks bleak following this latest development
Dalian Yifang have suspended Carrasco while also giving him a fine, which he has just three days to pay. The club are believed to be unhappy with his efforts both on and off the pitch and have punished the player accordingly.
Club boss Choi Kang-hee discussed in detail how he believes his player has shown unprofessional conduct while representing the CSL club.
Kang-hee said: “No one from our club promised that Carrasco can return to Europe in the summer transfer window. We just told him that if he can help the team, then the team will support your way back to Europe in the winter.
“However, we also saw what happened in the previous game. The game against Shenhua [on May 26], we told him to be careful, do not be cautioned by the ref. But he still deliberately delayed the restart of the game to apply for a yellow card, which led to the suspension for the next game.
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“After the suspension, he wanted to return to Europe early. We didn’t want to let him go, but for the sake of the player, we agreed. He also promised us he would come back to play the next three games. However, after the international break, he was late and even disappeared. He was also very negative in training after his return.
“After Carrasco returned, we also tried to persuade him to play, but he constantly asked the club to issue a written commitment to promise him a way back to Europe in the winter, which is very unprofessional behaviour I think.”
Carrasco responded by insisting that he has never lacked commitment.
The attitude of some club's leaders and teammates towards me is incomprehensible to me given my commitment and performance with the team so far. The team needs me and I want to help the team. This problem need to be solved.
— Yannick Carrasco (@CarrascoY21) June 21, 2019
“The attitude of some club’s leaders and teammates towards me is incomprehensible to me given my commitment and performance with the team so far,” Carrasco responded on Twitter.
“The team needs me and I want to help the team. This problem needs to be solved.”
Dalian Yifang clearly disagree and were quick to condemn the behaviour of their Belgian star. The club expressed in a statement that: “Our club have always attached importance to the construction of the team, and no individual can override the collective.
“The club treats everyone equally. Anyone who goes beyond the team rules and the ‘red line’ managed by the club will be treated seriously and will not be tolerated.”
With Carrasco’s time in China already in doubt, these further developments and breakdown of relations between club and player will do nothing to stop the rumours of a potential switch to Arsenal this summer.