Lionel Messi and Barcelona chief Eric Abidal have become embroiled in a row after comments made by the Frenchman about Ernesto Valverde.
Barcelona really want Lionel Messi to stay, with the Argentina international’s long-term future at the club still uncertain. But a row with Eric Abidal may harm their chances of keeping the 32-year-old.
Barcelona have endured a turbulent campaign, struggling to produce their usual swashbuckling style and sacking Ernesto Valverde.
And, on Tuesday night, things for the Catalan giants worsened.
Just days before, Abidal had given an interview to newspaper Sport claiming Barcelona players had not tried hard enough to save Ernesto Valverde from the sack.
“Many players weren’t satisfied or working hard and there was also an internal communication problem,” he said.
“The relationship between the coach and the dressing room has always been good but there are things as an ex-player that I could smell.