Messi fires again at Barca exec who ripped gamers

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Moises Llorens


Sam Marsden

Lionel Messi has engaged in a confrontation with Eric Abidal after the Barcelona sporting director recommended Ernesto Valverde was fired as a result of the gamers weren’t pleased with him.


Messi believes Abidal, who performs an enormous function in appointing and sacking coaches at Barca, is passing the buck on January’s choice to dismiss Valverde and substitute him with Quique Setien.

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The Argentina ahead says Abidal ought to take accountability for his personal actions and complained that he had spoken about gamers usually with out naming anybody in particular.

Sources have advised ESPN that Messi feels he is been incorrectly blamed for Valverde’s sacking and that the sporting director’s feedback will encourage extra individuals to attract false conclusions.

“I actually do not like doing this stuff however everybody needs to be answerable for their job and take accountability for his or her selections,” Messi wrote on Instagram alongside a screenshot of Abidal’s interview with Diario SPORT.

“When issues do not go properly on the pitch, the gamers are the primary ones to recognise as a lot. These within the sporting division on the membership must also take accountability for his or her actions and selections.

“Lastly, I feel that if you talk about gamers, it is best to have to offer names. In the event you do not, you are dirtying everybody’s title and inspiring issues that are mentioned which aren’t true.”

 Messi fires again at Barca exec who ripped gamersLionel Messi took to Instagram to criticise Barcelona director Eric Abidal’s feedback. High quality Sport Pictures/Getty Pictures

Abidal had mentioned: “Many gamers weren’t glad or working loads [under Valverde] and there was additionally a difficulty with inside communication.

“The connection between the coach and the dressing room was good, however there are issues that an ex-player can odor. I advised the membership what I assumed and we reached a choice.”

Messi was considered one of a variety of gamers who had all the time stood behind Valverde. Sources defined to ESPN within the wake of his dismissal that the assist from the dressing room was one of many primary causes president Josep Maria Bartomeu hadn’t pulled the set off after final yr’s Champions League defeat to Liverpool.

Messi’s frustrations off the pitch have been heightened by his struggles on it. ESPN revealed earlier on Monday that he is been affected by a thigh downside for a couple of weeks, though his type has not been hit massively and the membership are optimistic about managing the discomfort.

Amid all this, there stays a clause in Messi’s contract that may enable him to stroll away for nothing on the finish of the season, despite the fact that his deal runs till 2021.

“Negotiations have began with the president and [CEO] Oscar Grau and the thought is to signal an extended deal than one which will get renewed yearly,” Abidal added in his interview.

“I’m [optimistic Messi will extend]. We have now the perfect participant on the earth and we should not lose him. We have now to be optimistic. I feel Messi is pleased right here, he is having fun with his job. He is exhibiting his finest stage, breaking data.

“We, as a membership, wish to make him happier. And, for that, we have now to offer him the perfect teammates, enhance the group annually and be in with an opportunity of profitable titles. We’ll attempt to do this properly and I feel we’ll attain a cope with Leo. He is aware of that Barca want him.”

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