Lionel Messi’s failed exit from Camp Nou has left Barcelona’s dressing room “disrupted” and certain players feeling “undervalued”, according to a report from Spain.
Messi, 33, pushed to leave Barca last summer after a disastrous season which culminated in an 8-2 humiliation in the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich.
But the Argentine superstar eventually U-turned on his decision rather than enter legal proceedings to force his way out of the club he joined as a child.
Results have continued to be poor this season, however, as new manager Ronald Koeman has led Barcelona to ninth in La Liga.
Barca progressed to the Champions League last 16 but ended their group-stage campaign with a 3-0 defeat at home to Juventus.
To make matters worse, there is disgruntlement in the dressing room as certain players feel undervalued by their captain, Messi, according to Mundo Deportivo .
Messi hit out at his situation at Barcelona last month, saying: “I’m tired of always being the problem for everything at the club.”
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The six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future continues to be the subject of huge speculation, with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain believed to be potential suitors.
Neymar, Messi’s former Barca teammate, escalated talk of a link-up at Parc des Princes last month. The Brazilian said: “What I want most is to play with [Messi] again, to be able to enjoy being on the pitch with him again.
“He could play in my place. He won’t have any problems, I’m sure. I want to play with him again and I’m sure that, next season, we have to do it.”
Messi’s contract with Barcelona expires next summer and an extension appears unlikely. Meanwhile, the club’s members will vote in a new president during January’s election.
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