Pep Guardiola has told Barcelona to prepare themselves for a possible exit of Lionel Messi.
Messi blasted the Barcelona board on Instagra, the first time he has ever revolted.
Pep has now told Barcelona to prepare for an exit for the Argentine captain and club legend.
“It is inevitable, these players are so important,” the Manchester City boss told Post United when quizzed on Madrid’s post-Cristiano difficulties.
“When Messi leaves Barca they will need some time to re-adjust. It is inevitable.
“These guys score 40 or 50 goals a season.”
Guardiola also spoke fondly of the memories with Barcelona and Messi, especially when they played Real Madrid and one particular time defeated them 6-2.
“When people ask me about the title I’ve won that gets me most excited in my career as a manager, I say that it’s the first league I won with Barcelona,” he added.
“The first La Liga we won, we won it there. That 2-6 came on the back of 12 victories in a row for them. They lost the next four.
“We knew that if we lost that game with the team that they had, it would have been difficult. It was a great day.”