Dalian Yifang manager Choi Kang-hee has accused Yannick Carrasco of deliberately getting suspended in an attempt to force an exit amid talk of an Arsenal move.
Just over a year after completing a €30m switch from Atletico Madrid, Carrasco is apparently keen on a move away from China.
The 25-year-old winger is desperate for a return to Europe and clearly regrets making a hasty decision to go to East Asia at this stage of his career. However, Dalian still have him under contract until 2022 and pay him €10m per season.
Therefore, Dalian are understandably keen to make good use of Carrasco and planned to play him for a Chinese Super League (CSL) match against Hebei China Fortune on June 15.
But the former Atletico star was absent for the fixture and training after representing Belgium in Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan on June 11 and Scotland three days later.
So, Dalian confirmed on Friday their decision to both fine and suspendCarrasco for his no-show. The player then took to social media, where he slammed his “incomprehensible” team-mates and the club leaders.
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
And now the Carrasco-Dalian saga has received a new twist, with head coach Kang-hee revealing his version of events.
“When I first saw Carrasco, it was in Spain during the [Chinese] winter training. At that time, he constantly mentioned his wish to return to Europe,” said Kang-hee, according to Yahoo.
“He repeated his appeal after the start of the season. Last night [Friday] I also saw reports from his agent. When a player has a contract with a team and he still wants to force the club to let him leave, in my opinion, this is very unprofessional.
“No one from our club promised that Carrasco can return to Europe in the [European] summer transfer window. We just told him that if he can help the team, then the team will support his way back to Europe.
“However, we also saw what happened in the previous game. The game against Shanghai Shenhua, we told him to be careful, do not be cautioned by referee.
“But he still deliberately delayed the restart of the game to get a yellow card, which led to the suspension in the next game.
“After the suspension, he wanted to return to Europe earlier. We didn’t want to let him go, but for the sake of the player, we agreed.
“He also promised us to 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 the 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 first to promise to let him go back to Europe in the winter, which is very unprofessional behaviour, I think.
“[Marek] Hamsik is also here. For professional players, they have to be loyal and they have to be responsible for their choices.”