Madrid, August 21
For daily that goes by with no phrase from Lionel Messi, a brand new rumor surfaces about his future with Barcelona.
Messi hasn’t made any public assertion since Barcelona’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarterfinals final week, placing unsure his permanence with the struggling Catalan membership.
He had already proven his discontent earlier within the season, and the humiliation in Lisbon solely made it worse.
Messi, who has been with the Catalan membership for almost 20 years, has a contract with Barcelona till the tip of the 2020-21 season.
There’s been hypothesis about Messi’s future from the second the ultimate whistle blew in opposition to Bayern.
The doubts elevated after a Catalan radio station, RAC1, claimed late Thursday that the Argentina nice met with new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman and stated he sees himself “more out than in” the membership in the mean time.
Messi allegedly informed Koeman that his future was not clear and that he was not proud of the present scenario in Barcelona.
Barcelona is enduring one in every of its worst crises, coming off its first trophyless season since 2007-08 and coping with uncertainty about its personal future. It went by means of a training change midseason and gamers — particularly Messi — had been outspoken about their dissatisfaction with membership administrators and their latest selections.
The radio station report made headlines throughout Spain. Barcelona admitted that the assembly was scheduled to occur nevertheless it didn’t launch any particulars concerning the discussions.
Club president Josep Bartomeu stated he had solely spoken with Messi’s father, who informed him his son was annoyed and disenchanted. The president downplayed the scenario, although, saying he was not too involved.
Bartomeu has stated all alongside he’s assured that Messi will finish his profession with Barcelona, and that Messi himself has stated that is his want.
But Koeman’s phrases throughout his official introduction weren’t so reassuring. The Dutchman stated he “hoped” that Messi would keep, and that he wished to listen to immediately from the participant to know what was in his thoughts.
“I want him to tell me what he is thinking,” Koeman stated.
“I don’t think I have to convince him. It would be wonderful to work with him because he wins you games.”
Bartomeu had stated Koeman’s venture with the membership was primarily based on having Messi within the crew. AP