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Barcelona Coach Setien Keeps Mum Over Messi-Abidal Rift

FILES) In this file picture taken on February 21, 2019 Real Betis’ Spanish head coach Quique Setien smiles earlier than the UEFA Europa League spherical of 32-second leg soccer match between Real Betis and Rennes on the Benito Villamarin stadium in Sevilla on February 21, 2019. AFP


Barcelona coach Quique Setien stated on Wednesday he wouldn’t touch upon the controversy between ahead Lionel Messi and sporting director Eric Abidal.

Messi hit again at Abidal on Tuesday after the Frenchman had earlier blamed slackness within the dressing room for the departure of recently-fired boss Ernesto Valverde.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper Sport, Abidal stated below Valverde, who was fired in mid-January, many gamers had been sad, had not labored exhausting sufficient and had not communicated correctly.

“I’m not going to get into Messi’s life or anyone’s life,” stated Setien, who changed Valverde.

“What interests me is football, everything else are situations that I will not be able to control therefore I do not sweat on it,” the 61-year-old added.

Setien denied he had spoken individually to the Argentina attacker in regards to the incident however stated it had been briefly mentioned in a coaching session by the squad.

Messi signed his final contract extension in 2017, along with his present deal working by means of to subsequent yr however reportedly containing a clause that might enable him to give up Barcelona in June.

The former Real Betis boss stated Messi’s behaviour remained the identical regardless of the falling out with Abidal.

“I have seen him smiling, I have seen him looking happy, he loves to come to training, he loves to be here and I have seen him just like he was yesterday or the day before yesterday,” Setien stated.

Setien stated his solely focus was Thursday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final tie at Athletic Bilbao.

“The importance of tomorrow’s match, the obligation we have is to focus totally and absolutely on the match,” Setien stated.

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