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Transfer Saga: Lionel Messi’s Silence Raises More Doubts About Barcelona Future

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For every day that goes by without a word from Lionel Messi , a new rumor surfaces about his future with Barcelona .

Messi hasnt made any public statement since Barcelona’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals last week, putting in doubt his permanence with the struggling Catalan club. He had already shown his discontent earlier in the season, and the humiliation in Lisbon only made it worse.

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The doubts increased after a Catalan radio station, RAC1, claimed late Thursday that the Argentina great met with new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman and said he sees himself more out than in the club at the moment. Messi allegedly told Koeman that his future was not clear and that he was not happy with the current situation in Barcelona.

Barcelona is enduring one of its worst crises, coming off its first trophyless season since 2007-08 and dealing with uncertainty about its own future. It went through a coaching change midseason and players especially Messi were outspoken about their dissatisfaction with club directors and their recent decisions.

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The radio station report made headlines across Spain. Barcelona admitted that the meeting was scheduled to happen but it did not release any details about the discussions.

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Club president Josep Bartomeu said he had only spoken with Messis father, who told him his son was frustrated and disappointed. The president downplayed the situation, though, saying he was not too concerned.

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Bartomeu has said all along he is confident that Messi will end his career with Barcelona, and that Messi himself has said this is his wish.

But Koemans words during his official introduction werent so reassuring. The Dutchman said he hoped that Messi would stay, and that he wanted to hear directly from the player to know what was in his mind.

I want him to tell me what he is thinking, Koeman said. I dont think I have to convince him. It would be wonderful to work with him because he wins you games.

Bartomeu had said Koemans project with the club was based on having Messi in the team.

 


Disclaimer :– This story has not been edited by West Bengal News 24 staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: News18


 

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