Former Barcelona defender, Eric Abidal, has opened up on his public spat with staff captain, Lionel Messi, throughout his time because the membership’s Sporting Director.
Recall that Abidal and Messi have been concerned in a really public dispute over the sacking of former Barcelona supervisor, Ernesto Valverde, final yr after Abidal’s feedback in his then-role as Sporting Director.
The Frenchman accused Barcelona gamers of not working laborious sufficient for Valverde, implying that they requested for him to be sacked.
However Messi hit again, saying that Abidal wanted to take full accountability for his determination.
Reacting to the event, Abidal, who was sacked following Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League embarrassment in opposition to Bayern Munich final season, has now insisted he was proper to make his preliminary declare.
“I believe I used to be appropriate,” Abidal instructed the Telegraph.
“They wanted to coach tougher, in my view. In my time with Guardiola, it was ‘you need the perfect? Okay, it’s important to prepare like the perfect. You’ll win all the things, provided that you do the job throughout the week’.
“That is what I stated. I by no means stated the gamers needed to eliminate the coach.”
He added, “Messi spoke to me personally as properly.
“We had a robust dialog, however I can settle for it. No downside, as a result of it’s important to be clear.
“I used to be very comfy as a result of he was the one participant who talked to me like this, the one one. I respect that.
“I additionally perceive Messi is the captain and he needed to defend the squad, however I by no means stated that Messi instructed me to place the coach out. By no means.
“I don’t have to repair something with Messi, our relationship has not modified from my viewpoint. From his viewpoint, I don’t know, however, for me, the scenario is over.
“We have now exchanged many messages and he is aware of what I believe. I didn’t need to flip a small scenario into a world scenario and put the entire membership in hassle.”
Abidal spent six profitable years as a participant at Barcelona between 2007 and 2013.