?Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has informed Lionel Messi and
Abidal risked the wrath of the Blaugrana squad after criticising an unnamed group for playing their part in the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde as the club’s manager in mid-January.
You don’t mess with Messi! ?
Things have really escalated since Abidal claimed the Barcelona players might not have worked hard enough for Valverde…https://t.co/13g3zgAZTP
— 90min (@90min_Football) February 5, 2020
Valverde was removed from his post after a number of uninspiring performances, with Abidal later revealing that
“Sincerely, I don’t like to do these things but I think that people have to be responsible for their jobs and own their decisions,” he responded.
“I think that when you talk about players, you have to give names because if not, it makes everyone dirty and gives air to things that are said which are not true.”
This public outburst prompted talk that
It is added that t
Bartomeu ha hablado telefónicamente con Messi y Abidal. El presidente se reunirá con el director deportivo esta noche cuando vuelva de viaje profesional. No tiene intención de destituirle. El presidente,probablemente, viajará a Bilbao para dar una imagen de unidad y tranquilidad.
— Marçal Lorente ? (@Marsallorente) February 5, 2020
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