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Messi Hits Back At Abidal After Dressing Room Criticism

Barcelona’s Argentine ahead Lionel Messi gestures through the Spanish league soccer match be tween FC Barcelona and Levante UD on the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, on February 2, 2020.
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Lionel Messi has hit again at Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal after the Frenchman blamed slackness within the dressing room for the departure of recently-fired coach Ernesto Valverde.

In an interview with Spanish each day Sport Abidal stated that underneath Valverde, who was sacked in mid-January, many gamers had been sad, hadn’t labored onerous sufficient nor communicated correctly.

Now Argentine ace Messi has fired a salvo at throughout his personal ranks simply because the membership are attempting to get him to signal a contract extension.

“Sincerely I don’t like doing this kind of thing but everyone has to be made responsible for their actions and what they say,” Messi stated on Instagram.

“We the players in the dressing room are the first to admit it when we haven’t played well. The directors need to take their responsibilities too.

“I believe that if you talk about the players (in this way) you should name names instead of worrying everyone and encouraging rumours that are far from certain.”

Earlier Tuesday Abidal had spoken glowingly of Messi and had sounded optimistic of an prolonged deal

“I’m sure we’ll come to a deal with Leo because he knows we need him. He’s on top form, enjoying his game and breaking records,” stated Abidal.

“We as a club want to make him even happier and to do that by surrounding him with the right teammates. We want a strong team with a good everyday feeling and above all, we want to win titles.”

Messi signed his final extension in 2017, along with his present deal working by means of to 2021 however reportedly containing a clause that might enable him to give up Barcelona in June.

AFP

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