The Blaugrana’s former sporting director, who was as soon as a team-mate of the enduring Argentine, is ready to see how a long-running saga performs out

Lionel Messi is but to decide to a brand new contract at Barcelona, however Eric Abidal shouldn’t be satisfied that there could be “one thing higher” for the enduring Argentine away from Camp Nou.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner continues to go in direction of free company in Catalunya and will likely be making no determination on his future till the 2020-21 marketing campaign involves an in depth.

Abidal, a former team-mate of the mercurial Argentine, is amongst these retaining an in depth eye on a long-running saga and is raring to see the way it performs out after a number of months of intense hypothesis.

What has been stated?

Abidal advised The Telegraph when quizzed on Messi’s plans: “I believe, if we’re to speak about efficiency, he’s the most effective participant ever and he performed his full profession in Barcelona, so for that it is very important keep as a result of he’s the important thing participant. 

“However, as properly, his concept will rely on the remainder of the squad, the brand new challenge, the brand new concepts of the brand new board and their concepts for the coach, for instance. And if, ultimately, he can really feel comfy on this.

“From a advertising level a view additionally, Messi offers you a lot so he’s an unbelievable asset. However it will likely be his determination and it’s not simple while you spend many, a few years in the identical membership, typically you need to see one thing else. However will there be one thing higher than Barcelona for him? I don’t know.”

Is Abidal nonetheless near Messi?

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The Frenchman is properly positioned to supply an opinion on goings on at Camp Nou, having spent six years with Barca as a participant.

He returned to fill a sporting director publish after hanging up his boots and was solely relieved of these duties on the finish of a testing 2019-20 marketing campaign for the Blaugrana.

Abidal claims to nonetheless boast a optimistic relationship with Messi, with a number of main honours secured collectively, however he did incur the South American’s wrath in early 2020 when talking out in public to demand extra effort from a squad that was struggling to discover a spark beneath Quique Setien.

Requested about that incident and the fallout which noticed Messi demand that Abidal reveal the identification of these he was directing contentious feedback at, a preferred determine in Catalunya stated: “I believe I used to be right.

“They wanted to coach tougher for my part. In my time with [Pep] Guardiola, it was ‘you need the most effective? Okay, you need to prepare like the most effective. You’ll win every little thing, provided that you do the job throughout the week’. That is what I stated. I by no means stated the gamers wished to eliminate the coach.

“Messi spoke to me personally as properly. We had a powerful dialog, however I can settle for it. No drawback as a result of you need to be clear. I used to be very comfy as a result of he was the one participant who talked to me like this, the one one. I respect that. I additionally perceive Messi is the captain and he wished to defend the squad, however I by no means stated that Messi advised me to place the coach out. By no means.

“I don’t have to repair something with Messi, our relationship has not modified from my viewpoint. From his viewpoint, I don’t know, however, for me, the scenario is over. We’ve exchanged many messages and he is aware of what I believe. I didn’t need to flip a small scenario into a world scenario and put the entire membership in hassle.”

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