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Lionel Messi Reopens Row With Eric Abidal

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Lionel Messi has revisited his argument with Eric Abidal by admitting that he responded to his former team-mate’s criticism because he ‘felt attacked’.

The pair’s spectacular fall-out came after Abidal suggested that members of the squad were responsible for Ernesto Valverde losing his job last month.

The row led to questions whether Messi’s time at the Nou Camp was coming to an end as Manchester City and other clubs monitored his situation.

However, in an interview with Mundo Deportivo, Messi put Barca supporters’ minds at ease by insisting that leaving the Nou Camp hasn’t cross his mind while he questioned Abidal’s initial comments.

Diego Simeone has praised Atletico de Madrid for creating the best atmosphere for a match in his time at the club.

The Argentine dedicated his side’s 1-0 Champions League Round of 16 first leg victory over Liverpool to the club’s fanbase, whom he described as incredible.

Atleti’s team bus was greeted into the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday night by a 100m line of home fans lighting flares, setting off firecrackers and chanting their support, with Simeone saying after the game:

“We took the lead in the game when the bus came round the roundabout outside – it awoke us and we knew would suffer and fight together, as one.”

Gareth Bale To Lose His EU Player Status

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Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is set to lose his EU player status at the club mid way through next season, as a result of the UK’s Brexit deal.

The Welsh international, who is under contract at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2022, will lose his position as an EU squad member, when the UK ends it transition period as part of the ongoing Brexit process.

According to reports in Marca, the club are already taking steps to address the situation, with Bale’s rights secured until the end of 2020.

El Clasico To Return To USA This Summer

According to ESPN, Barcelona and Real Madrid are working together to stage an El Clasico in the United States this summer.

The two great rivals of Spanish football have played each other in the International Champions Cup in the United States in Miami in 2017 when a crowd of 66,014 watched a 3-2 win for Barca. This years fixture is anticipated to be staged between the end of the European Championships and Copa America. Although no date is yet confirmed for the 2020-21 season, the 2019-20 campaign began on Aug. 16.

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Barcelona manager Quique Setien has refused to be drawn into the ongoing squabble between Lionel Messi and Eric Abidal, insisting:

‘I have no time for such problems and I only focus on football.’

Messi hit out at claims made by Abidal, the club’s sporting director, in an interview earlier this week that a number of players ‘were not satisfied and did not work hard’ under Ernesto Valverde before he was sacked.

The Argentine superstar responded on Instagram, telling Abidal to give names of those who supposedly downed tools. The row has left Abidal at serious risk of losing his job with crunch talks planned with president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Chaos At Barcelona

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One unsettled club legend who is free to leave in the summer. One struggling sporting director now likely to be sacked. One under-pressure president being forced into early elections this summer and one £100million winger who has only ever played 10 complete games since signing and is now out injured until the end of the season.

Barcelona is a club in crisis with Lionel Messi, Eric Abidal and Josep Maria Bartomeu at war. Here are the three key players in the latest saga that is threatening to rip Barcelona apart.

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Messi Hits Back At Eric Abidal Criticism

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has hit out at the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal following claims the players were not working hard.

Former France international defender Abidal – who is now operating as the club’s transfer chief – made the claims on Tuesday, hitting out at the work ethic of the players.

He claimed that such a situation made the position of previous Blaugrana boss Ernesto Valverde untenable – and he was dismissed following their defeat in the Spanish Supercopa last month.

The timing may have raised eyebrows with Barca then top of the league and also safely through to the Round of 16 in the Champions League.

Messi Playing Through Pain For Barcelona

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According to ESPNN, Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has been playing with a thigh injury in recent weeks.

The report also adds that whilst there is an acceptance that player knows his own body and there is no resistance to him playing, the situation needs to be managed carefully so that the injury does not worsen.

Despite not operating at peak fitness, Messi’s performances on the pitch have been largely unaffected — he set up both goals in Sunday’s 2-1 win against Levante.

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Gareth Bale’s agent has once again poured cold water on reports that his client is close to exiting Real Madrid in the near future.

The Welshman has once again remained at Los Blancos beyond the January transfer window despite reports linking him with a return to Tottenham, while a transfer to China collapsed last summer.

“Let’s be realistic, for most clubs he’s out of their league financially,” Jonathan Barnett explained on talkSPORT radio in the UK.

“It’s not all about money, it’s his lifestyle, his children have grown up in Spain..

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Eric Abidal is on ‘the edge of the abyss’ at Barcelona and could lose his job as sporting director at the club, according to reports.

Marca cite Catalan radio station RAC1 as carrying the news that the Frenchman is on the brink of being dismissed and is set to meet with the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu today.

Abidal has been at the club in a technical role since 2018 and assumed his position last summer with Ramon Planes as his deputy, after the departure of Pep Segura and the resignation of vice-president Jordi Mestre.