Madrid, August 27
Lionel Messi’s shock determination to go away Barcelona has dealt a blow to the membership’s restructuring venture even earlier than it started.
Shortly after the humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich within the Champions League, Barcelona mentioned it wished to make “profound changes to the first team”.
Barcelona was basing its revamp on Messi, hoping he would assist the crew rebuild with new gamers and a brand new coach. But the kind of adjustments the crew started implementing might have truly turned him away.
Messi hasn’t been pleased with membership administrators all season, and he apparently additionally didn’t like when incoming coach Ronald Koeman started telling some key gamers they weren’t in his plans.
What might need upset him essentially the most was the choice to eliminate Luis Suárez, Messi’s long-time teammate and good friend.
Messi’s and Suárez’s households are shut and sometimes spend trip time collectively. This 12 months, they had been seen on a ship off the coast of Ibiza having fun with the Balearic Islands.
Other gamers reportedly not wished by Koeman embody Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti. Spanish media mentioned the coach supposed to maintain Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets, however there have been nonetheless doubts about the way forward for different gamers who had been with Messi for a very long time.
With its growing old crew, Barcelona endured one in every of its hardest seasons, the primary with no title since 2007-08. After the loss to Bayern, the membership additionally introduced a “wide-ranging” restructuring of the membership.
Koeman was instantly introduced in to switch coach Quique Setién, and new presidential elections had been referred to as for subsequent March.
The squad adjustments rapidly started, however the selections apparently had been being made with the understanding that Messi would nonetheless be on the crew. Both Koeman and membership president Josep Bartomeu mentioned the venture revolved across the Argentina ahead.
Even after the shock burofax announcement made by Messi saying he wished to go away after practically 20 years with the membership, Barcelona was not giving up on him.
Ramon Planes, the membership’s technical director, mentioned on Wednesday that Barcelona wished “to rebuild for the future together with the best player in history”.
Newly arrived ahead Francisco Trincão, one of many many kids the membership is relying on amid its revamping course of, was hopeful he would nonetheless get to study from Messi.
“Of course I want Messi to stay, but let’s see what happens,” he mentioned after being formally launched.
Messi hasn’t left but, and Barcelona isn’t able to let him go, both.
Barcelona claims the contract clause invoked by Messi — which allowed him to go away without cost after the season — had already expired when he made his determination, that means his contract wouldn’t finish till June 2021.
Messi will contend the clause was legitimate till the tip of the season, which was moved again this 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A prolonged authorized batter would additional damage Barcelona’s restructuring venture, as would Messi’s departure with none monetary compensation.
With the brand new season just a few weeks away, little continues to be identified about what Barcelona will seem like. AP