The former Barca player made the headlines the past days.
And now he could pay the price for that.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is reportedly set to hold talks with club’s sporting director Eric Abidal after Lionel Messi hit back at the latter’s comments that some of the players weren’t giving their everything for former coach Ernesto Valverde.
Abidal had stated that some of the Barcelona players ‘did not work much’ under Valverde. The former club manager was then replaced by Quique Setien, who is currently at the helm of affairs at the club. And now Sky Sports report that Bartomeu is set to hold talks with Abidal after the public spat with Messi.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has called a meeting with Eric Abidal to discuss the sporting director's future at the club following a public disagreement with Lionel Messi.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 5, 2020
“A lot of players were not happy and did not work much and there was also a problem with internal communication,” Abidal told Spanish newspaper Sport. “The relationship between the coach and dressing room was always good, but there are things that as an ex-player I can sense. I told the club what I thought and we had to make a decision.”
Messi had hit back at Abidal’s claims and even urged the Barcelona sporting director to ‘give names’. “I honestly don’t like to do these things, but I think everyone has to be responsible for their tasks and take care of their decisions. The players [are responsible for] what happens on the pitch and we are also the first to recognise when we are not playing well.