Messi tells Koeman he is ‘more likely to leave than stay’ during Barcelona chat
Lionel Messi has told Ronald Koeman that he is more likely to leave Barcelona during a private chat.
It comes in light of the Blaugrana's heavy defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Barca were totally embarrassed after having an 8-2 defeat inflicted upon them in what will go down as the most humiliating night in their history.
For Messi, that has proved to be the straw that broke the camel's back and he has reportedly demanded an exit this summer.
The Argentine has never been closer than this moment to leaving his boyhood club, where he made his debut 16 years ago.
However, Barca chief Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted his star man would be going nowhere.
He is quoted as saying: “I have spoken with Ronald Koeman about Messi and he said he is his cornerstone.
“Messi will stay at Barcelona.”
But that is not how Messi's conversation with Koeman went, with RAC1 reporting otherwise.
According to the Catalan radio station, the 33-year-old told his new boss that he was more likely to leave than stay.
It is down to his lack of faith in Barca's president Bartomeu – who is also deeply unpopular among fans.
Messi has been linked with a move to Inter Milan in the past while a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City holds a romantic value.
Ultimately, finding a team able to fork out £500,000-a-week for his wages would be the most demanding ask.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has one year left on his contract and could leave Barcelona for nothing next summer if matters do not improve.
Koeman has replaced Quique Setien had has been tasked with helping get Los Cules back to the summit.
As well as Setien, Eric Abidal was also sacked in the aftermath of Barca's defeat to Bayern Munich.
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Gerard Pique said after the embarrassment: "It was a horrible performance and it leaves us with a terrible feeling.
“We have hit rock bottom.
"We feel embarrassed. You can’t compete as we have done tonight. This is very hard to take.
"The clubs need changes and I’m not talking about the coach or any one player. The club needs profound change.
“We have hit rock bottom. We need to reflect and do what is best for the club.
"I will be the first to offer to go if we need new blood."
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