Lionel Messi targets Abidal fueling Barcelona exit rumours

WION Web Team Barcelona, Spain Feb 06, 2020, 10.47 AM(IST)

Lionel Messi and Abidal Photograph:( Reuters )

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According to reports, Messi might eye a big transfer move to Premier League giants Manchester City.

Lionel Messi's latest jibe at Barcelona's sporting director Eric Abidal has led to fresh speculations regarding the Argentine superstar's future at the club. 

Also read: Messi fires back at Barca sporting director Abidal after jibe

Messi and Abidal were involved in a spat after sporting director's comments where he criticized Barca's first team's efforts on-field and Barca's sacked manager, Ernesto Valverde. He also targetted club legend Xavi for his comments about the offered managerial position. 

The six-time-Ballon d'Or winner slammed his former teammate Abidal to name the players who did not put in efforts on-field. 

Messi put up a story on Instagram: 

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Messi's Instagram story after Abidal's interview | (Instagram/@leomessi)

The translation of this story is: 
"I honestly don’t like to do these things but I think everyone has to be responsible for their tasks and take care of their decisions. The players for what happens on the pitch, and we are also the first to acknowledge when we were not good. Those responsible for the area of sports management must also assume their responsibilities and above all take charge of the decisions they make. Finally, I think that when talking about players, we should give names because otherwise, we are getting everyone dirty and feeding things that are said and are not true."

Lionel Messi's contract is coming to an end in 2021. According to reports, Messi might eye a big transfer move to Premier League giants Manchester City. Other teams are also keeping a close eye on the controversy. Signing him is impossible as his release clause is 700 million euros and hats the reason teams are waiting for the club legend's clause to expire. 

According to reports, Messi is said to be frustrated in the injury-stricken club as he is playing for Spanish giant despite a thigh injury he sustained a few weeks ago. Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez have been confirmed to miss out the rest of the season. 

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The Catalans' run in the La Liga has had a poor start to the year. They have won four of their seven fixtures, they lost two matches and drew one game. They are second in the La Liga points table, second to their arch-rivals Real Madrid. 

Barcelona's current manager Quique Setien refused to comment over the row he said: "I'm not going to get into Messi's life, or anyone's life,".

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Abidal and Messi played together at Barcelona between 2007 and 2013, with the French defender returning to the club after retirement to become the sporting director in June 2018.

In his interview with Diario Sport, Abidal also said he thought Messi was happy at the club and a new contract for the Argentine talisman was currently being negotiated.