Lionel Messi has requested Barcelona to depart the membership he has been with for 20 seasons.© AFP
Lionel Messi has not knowledgeable Barcelona coaches he won’t attend coaching on Wednesday, in accordance with the membership’s newly-appointed sporting director, Ramon Planes. Messi requested Barca Tuesday to depart the membership he has been with for 20 seasons, since he was 13 years previous. “Messi has not knowledgeable us that he was not going to indicate as much as coaching,” Planes mentioned throughout the official unveiling of Portuguese striker Joao Trincao.
“However all exchanges will stay between the 2 events (the membership and the participant) and out of respect we won’t talk on what is alleged as a result of we’re placing all our efforts on this dialogue.”
Planes took over his publish from Eric Abidal, who was sacked a day after supervisor Quique Setien was launched following the humiliating 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat by Bayern Munich, which left Barca and not using a trophy for the primary time since 2007.
Messi, Planes insisted, within the first official membership response to the Argentinian’s want-away demand, was “vital information. However what we expect, and we have mentioned it many occasions, is that we see Messi as a Barca participant”.
“At the moment Trincao arrives and we hope he’ll triumph alongside Messi.”
Planes added: “Barca has rebuilt itself a number of occasions in its historical past, and it has at all times come again extra highly effective. Our concept is to do it as soon as once more, round the most effective participant on the planet.
“You must have monumental respect for what Messi is and for his historical past.
“We’re not eager about any clause in his contract. Messi’s marriage to Barca has introduced quite a bit to each (the membership and the participant), a variety of pleasure to the supporters and, internally, we’re working to persuade Messi to search out the most effective answer for Barca and for Messi.”
Planes careworn that there was “not an argument between Messi and Barca — neither deserves it”.
“We’re working to make Barca a winner. There isn’t a division throughout the membership over Leo. Anybody who is aware of soccer desires him to remain right here to win once more. He is a winner.”