The praise and confidence of Luis Enrique changed the defender's moral
Marc Bartra is smiling again. After the ostracism and the marginal role of this season, Luis Enrique relied on him again and explicitly praised him in the last press conferences.
Against Deportivo, Bartra was the starter in place of Piqué and offered a great defensive performance and a goal. Against Sporting, the center-back came in the second half and played 24 minutes. Afterwards, Luis Enrique emphasized toughness of Bartra: "It is commendable he has never thrown in the towel. It's difficult to play when you don't have many minutes and I can only rave about the professionalism of Bartra."
In this situation and according to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan defender does not want to hear about deals or rumors. Bartra wants to focus in the final stretch of the season and try to take every opportunity he may have. Once the season is over, it will be time to decide on his future and analyze proposals, some of which have arrived from Fiorentina and Valencia.
Bartra's contract ends in June 2017 and this summer would be the last in which the club could make a profit of a transfer. The defender has been for the 5th center-back for a long time. Now it's time to see if he gives another try at Barça. He can follow the example of Sergi Roberto, who went from being the 12th man to have an outstanding role. A show that Luis Enrique recognizes the effort and sacrifice of any team member.