It was then reported that he wanted to leave the club immediately after having had crisis talks with club chiefs just before manager Quique Setien’s inevitable sacking.
According to Argentine newspaper Clarin, Messi was angered by the information leaked regarding his meeting with new manager Ronald Koeman this week.
Messi has interrupted his vacation to meet the Dutchman and RAC1, a Catalan radio station which has always supported President Josep Maria Bartomeu, has revealed that he has told the new manager that he is seriously considering leaving the club.
Details of the private conversation made public angered Messi, while compatriot Luis Suarez spoke publicly of his frustration at the summit’s lack of direct contact.
Suarez told AS: “We talked about some names suggested by the president, changes that could be made, but no one told me he wanted to get rid of me.
“If that’s what the club want, it would be good if the manager responsible for these decisions could speak directly with me.
“It’s better than running away if I’m one of the players they want to leave. We will see what will happen.
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“I also want the best for the club and for now my intention is to stay, but if the club decides that I am no longer wanted I have no problem talking to those who decide . Koeman? I haven’t spoken to him. again. ”
Koeman now faces a serious task to appease Messi, with the board considering the possibility of selling him this summer.
The new manager addressed the situation for the first time this week, saying: “He still has a contract and is still a Barcelona player. At this point I need to talk to him because he’s the captain.
“We have to work with him and talk to different players. We have to make decisions, but in Messi’s case, I hope he stays with us.
“I don’t know if I have to convince Messi [to stay]whether it’s that or not. He’s the best player in the world and the best player in the world you want on your team, you don’t want him to play against you.
“As a coach I would like to work with Messi because he wins games. If he has the skills and level he’s always shown, I’d be more than happy if he stayed.