Only Two Barcelona Players Are Pushing For Lionel Messi To Stay At The Club
Messi didn't report for training on Monday or Tuesday and he no longer sees himself as part of Ronald Koeman's squad.
Sky Sports have reported South American duo Suarez and Vidal, who also have uncertain futures at the club, are the only players to voice their opinion.
Club stalwarts and fellow La Masia graduates Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets are in Messi's 'inner circle' but are yet to comment.
Suarez reportedly had his Barcelona career ended by Koeman in a "brutal 60 second phone call" last month.
The former Liverpool man also replied to club legend Carles Puyol's message of: "Respect and admiration, Leo. All my support, friend," when news of his transfer request broke.
- Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) August 25, 2020
Meanwhile, Vidal recently lambasted the club in an interview and claimed they only have "13 professional players."
The Chilean told Daniel Habif: "Barcelona have to change their way of thinking.
"Football has moved on a lot and the [whole] DNA [thing] is being left behind because other teams are improving in other aspects: football at the moment is more physical, more dependent on power and speed and the technical side is sometimes less important.
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"The last three years are not what a team like Barcelona deserves. The best team in the world cannot have 13 professional players. You cannot always win with DNA.
"[Lionel] Messi is the best in the world, an extraterrestrial, but he needs help so that better results can be achieved."
Messi's father Jorge is set to meet with Barcelona chiefs on Thursday in an attempt to resolve his son's future.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner believes he can leave the club on a free transfer, but La Liga have insisted a €700 million release clause must be paid.
A move to the Premier League could be on the cards and Manchester City are currently leading the race.
Bartomeu doesn't want to negotiate for Messi under any circumstances, but Jorge Messi will try to change his mind on Wednesday in order to agree on a friendly exit.
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- City Chief (@City_Chief) September 1, 2020
Messi has been in contact with City boss Pep Guardiola and a reunion could be on the cards.
Messi and Guardiola worked together at Barcelona between 2008 and 2012, winning three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.
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