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Only Two Barcelona Players Are Pushing For Lionel Messi To Stay At The Club

Only Two Barcelona Players Are Pushing For Lionel Messi To Stay At The Club

There has been a "deafening silence" from the whole Barcelona squad when it comes to Lionel Messi's transfer - with only Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal speaking up.

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.

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Club stalwarts and fellow La Masia graduates Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets are in Messi's 'inner circle' but are yet to comment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Messi has been in contact with City boss Pep Guardiola and a reunion could be on the cards.

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Messi and Guardiola worked together at Barcelona between 2008 and 2012, winning three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.

Do you think Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona this summer?

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Topics: Football News, Arturo Vidal, Football, Barcelona, Transfers, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Legends, Ronald Koeman

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Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.