No talks over exit between Barca and Messi – club source

first_img Another possible outcome of Monday’s meeting is that the club’s presidential elections, due in June 2021, are brought forward, although it is more likely they would be advanced to earlier next year than the next few months. Sporting director Eric Abidal will also have his future discussed and could be moved on. Defender Gerard Pique called for sweeping changes after describing the heavy loss to Bayern, Barca’s worst ever in Europe, as their “rock bottom”. But Bartomeu asked for patience. “We are hurting, but once we get to next week we will start making decisions,” he told television channel Movistar. Barcelona maintained they are yet to hear from Lionel Messi that he wants to leave the club this summer ahead of an emergency board meeting being held at Camp Nou on Monday. Barca officials, including under-fire president Josep Maria Bartomeu, were due to discuss wholesale changes following the team’s humiliating 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat by Bayern Munich on Friday. Loading… A report from Esporte Interativo on Sunday even claimed Messi has made up his mind to leave this summer, although a Barcelona source told AFP shortly before the board meeting was due to start that there had still been no communication with the club to that effect. Messi’s frustration will be among the issues to be discussed along with the future of coach Quique Setien, who is expected to be sacked. Ronald Koeman had emerged as the favourite on Monday to replace Setien given concerns around the suitability of Mauricio Pochettino, who has previously said he would never coach Barcelona due to his links to rivals Espanyol. Another option is Barca B coach Garcia Pimienta, who could oversee a greater emphasis on youth before a longer-term appointment is made after the presidential elections next year. Xavi has been learning the ropes at Qatari side Al-Sadd and has been linked with a return Former Barca midfielder Xavi Hernandez would be the preferred option of Messi and other senior players but Xavi has recently signed a new deal with Qatari club Al-Sadd and is against working under the current board. Full time. pic.twitter.com/973E1TmV23— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 14, 2020center_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Can You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right NowPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee Read Also: Lyon shares surge on stock market after UCL win over Man City “The credibility of a coach is diminished when this happens, clearly. That is obvious, but that does not bother me right now. “I think what happens today needs to be analysed with a bit more perspective,” he added. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 @jmbartomeu Statements on Movistar+ pic.twitter.com/BOCQfUiCRj— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 14, 2020last_img read more