Lionel Messi now part of the problem at Barcelona

Tanya Simon
November 23, 2020

His irritation with his situation in Catalonia and Thursday's news of Pep Guardiola signing a new two-year contract at the Etihad Stadium heightened speculation that the player and tactician could reunite at Manchester City.

Chelsea may lose Olivier Giroud when the transfer window opens, with the 34-year-old said to be concerned about a lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Mirror.

Ronald Koeman has admitted he has no idea if Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona next summer and said it is not his job to persuade the Argentinian to stay.

These English reports have been relayed in today's edition of Mundo Deportivo, and they state Messi's departure in principle is "difficult" in January because Barca are yet to appoint a new president after Josep Maria Bartomeu's resignation in October.

"He is too young to go back to Argentina, and I don't think there is any other club where they have the right manager in place where Messi would go in and feel comfortable under that manager".

Paris St-Germain have also been linked with the 33-year-old, although every candidate Barcelona presidential election - to be held in January - has said it is a priority for them to persuade Messi to stay at the Nou Camp.

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"In the academy, as a player and a manager, they gave me absolutely everything".

The Spaniard's current deal was expiring at the end of this season after arriving at the club in 2016.

It means the two key players will miss Barcelona's Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev and crucial ties against Osasuna, Ferencvaros, Cadiz, Juventus, Levante, Real Sociedad, Valencia and Valladolid in domestic league.

"Since then we have achieved a great deal together, scored goals, won games and trophies, and we are all very proud of that success. The rest, I can not say anything". I'd like as a Barcelona fan for him to finish his career there.

"We have to respect people like Messi more".

"The decision was not just mine, it was the club's as well". The players have done everything to get a result and we have to continue in that way.

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