Lionel Messi has reportedly been left ‘furious’ with Barcelona after information from a private meeting with new manager Ronald Koeman was leaked.
Sensational rumours regarding the Argentine’s future in Catalonia started to swirl following Barça’s humiliating exit in the Champions League, with some reports suggesting Messi was ready to depart Catalonia this summer.
Quique Setien was sacked in the aftermath of the Bavarian humbling, with club legend Koeman brought in as his successor on a two-year deal. Koeman has a tough task appeasing the 33-year-old this summer, though, and things haven’t got off to the best of starts.
Argentine news outlet Clarin (via the Mirror) suggest Messi’s been left angry after information was leaked from his meeting with Koeman this week. Many reports note that Barça’s superstar told his new boss he’s seriously considering his future at the club, and the possibility of the great one handing in a transfer request can’t be ruled out.
However, the Barça board are said to have prepared a stern response if such a situation was to occur.
The club have no intention of selling Messi – who has a £631m buy-out clause in his current deal which runs until next summer – and will quickly remind him of his hefty clause should he request a transfer.
Koeman, however, doesn’t appear to be totally convinced that Messi will be a Barcelona player for his debut campaign.
“I don’t know if I have to convince Messi,” said the former Everton boss
“He is the best player in the world and you want the best player in the world in your team, not on the other side.
For my part, I would love to work with Messi. He wins football matches and I would be really happy if he decides to stay.”
“He has a contract. He has one year left. He is a Barcelona player.”