Football: Lionel Messi demands Eric Abidal name names after dressing room criticism - Too Interesting

Football: Lionel Messi demands Eric Abidal name names after dressing room criticism

 Lionel Messi has hit back at Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal after the Frenchman blamed slackness in the dressing room for the departure of recently-fired coach Ernesto Valverde.

In an interview with Spanish daily Sport, Abidal said that under Valverde, who was sacked in mid-January, many players had been unhappy, had not worked hard enough or communicated properly.

Now Argentine ace Messi has fired a salvo at across his own ranks just as the club are trying to get him to sign a contract extension.

“Sincerely I don’t like doing this kind of thing but everyone has to be made responsible for their actions and what they say,” Messi said on Instagram.

“We the players in the dressing room are the first to admit it when we haven’t played well. The directors need to take their responsibilities too.

“I believe that if you talk about the players (in this way) you should name names instead of worrying everyone and encouraging rumours that are far from certain.”

Earlier on Tuesday (Feb 4), Abidal had spoken glowingly of Messi and had sounded optimistic of an extended deal.

“I’m sure we’ll come to a deal with Leo because he knows we need him. He’s on top form, enjoying his game and breaking records,” said Abidal.

“We as a club want to make him even happier and to do that by surrounding him with the right teammates. We want a strong team with a good everyday feeling and above all we want to win titles.”

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“Many players weren’t satisfied or working hard and there was also an internal communication problem,” said Abidal.

“The relationship between the coach and the dressing room has always been good but there are things as an ex-player that I could smell. I told the club what I thought and we reached a decision (on Valverde).”

source:www.straitstimes.com

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