Club source - No exit talks between Barca and Messi

Barcelona insisted they had no longer heard from Lionel Messi that he desires to depart the club, as an emergency board assembly used to be being held’ at Camp Nou on Monday.

Barca officials, together with under-fire President Josep Maria Bartomeu had been due to talk about wholesale adjustments following the team's humiliating 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat with the aid of Bayern Munich on Friday.

A document from Esporte Integrative on Sunday even claimed Messi has made up his thought to go away this summer, though a Barcelona supply informed AFP rapidly earlier than the board assembly was once due to begin that there had nonetheless been no conversation with the membership to that effect.

Messi's frustration will be amongst the troubles to be mentioned’ alongside with the future of train Quique Setien, who is predicted to be sacked.

Ronald Koeman had emerged as the favorite on Monday to substitute Setien given worries round the suitability of Mauricio Pochettino, who has formerly stated he would by no means instruct Barcelona due to his hyperlinks to opponents Espanyol.

Another choice is Barca B train Garcia Pimienta, who may want to oversee a increased emphasis on formative years earlier than a longer-term appointment is made’ after the presidential elections subsequent year.

Former Barca midfielder Xavi Hernandez would be the favored alternative of Messi and different senior gamers however Xavi has currently signed a new deal with Qatari membership Al-Sadd and is in opposition to working underneath the contemporary board.

Another feasible effect of Monday's assembly is that the club's presidential elections, due in June 2021, are introduced forward, though it is extra possibly they would be superior to previously subsequent yr than the subsequent few months.

Sporting director Eric Abidal will additionally have his future mentioned and may want to be moved on.

Defender Gerard Pique known as for sweeping adjustments after describing the heavy loss to Bayern, Barca's worst ever in Europe, as their "rock bottom".

But Bartomeu requested for patience. "We are hurting, however as soon as we get to subsequent week we will begin making decisions," he informed TV channel Movistar.

"The credibility of a, teach” is diminished when this happens, clearly. That is obvious, however, that does no longer hassle me proper now.

"I suppose what takes place these days wishes to be analyzed with a bit extra perspective," he added.


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