The latest news reaching us as reported by DailyMail is that Lionel Messi has told Ronald Koeman he has serious doubts about staying at Barcelona.
It is said that Messi interrupted his holiday to return to Barcelona on Thursday to speak face to face with the club’s new coach.
And reports suggest he told Koeman he has no faith in the club’s president Josep Bartomeu and is considering his future.
There have been numerous reports that Messi might leave Barca after that humiliating 8:2 defeat against Bayern Munich.
This news of Messi meeting Koeman will put Manchester City on alert. Pep Guardiola has always said that Messi should finish his career at Barcelona but if the player himself wants out then he could reconsider trying to urge the club to put an attractive project on the table for the 33-year-old.
Despite Messi’s apparent unrest his contract situation remains a huge barrier to him leaving.
He has one year left and so is still tied to a £630million (€700m) release clause.
‘He is a Barcelona player. He has another year. I don’t know if I have to convince him to stay,’ said Koeman on Wednesday.
The Dutch coach also made it clear he only wanted players who wanted to be at the club.
Let us wait and see how all this unfolds in the next few weeks.