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Barcelona President Wants to Reconcile Lionel Messi, Eric Abidal After Criticism

Barcelona’s President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, reportedly will not implement drastic measures after Lionel Messi‘s criticism of Eric Abidal.

Blaugrana director of football suggested the players were unhappy under Former Coach Ernesto Valverde. It was then Messi objected to the B suggestion. However, it was reported that Bartmoeu will attempt to reconcile the pair in hopes of deescalating the situation.

After the draw with Real Madrid at the Camp Nou back in December, Abidal told Sport‘s Lluis Miguelsanz Quique Setien will now be the manager:

We watched the games and not the results, but how we played, the tactics, the work of the players who don’t play a lot. I’m focused on those details. Many players weren’t satisfied or working a lot and there was also an internal communication problem. The relationship between the coach and the dressing room has always been good but there are things as an ex-player that I could smell. I told the club what I thought and we reached a decision.

The 40-year-old’s comments led to a response from Messi via an Instagram story by the Argentinian. The captain said:

“I think that when someone mentions players, they should give names because if they don’t, they are tarring everyone with the same brush and fuelling gossip—a lot of which is not true.”

The president will not issue repercussions to the Frenchman as it will be the president’s focus to reconcile the pair in the coming weeks.

Messi’s seniority and importance at Barca reportedly could have affected the standing of Abidal, with whom he was a team-mate for six seasons. However, all efforts will turn to issues on the field, with the champions three points behind their bitter rivals.

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