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Quique Setien declined to be drawn into a conversation about Lionel Messi ‘s future

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Lionel Messi is expected to depart from Barcelona one year from now, but Quique Setien claims he didn’t hear the forward say so.

Amid bits of gossip that he will leave Barcelona one year from now, Quique Setien declined to be drawn into a conversation about Lionel Messi ‘s future, although the coach was adamant that he didn’t hear the player himself saying he needs to transfer. Barca was kept at Atletico Madrid’s 2-2 draw on Tuesday, and Real Madrid ‘s ensuing win over Getafe on Thursday gave Los Blancos four straight points on top of LaLiga.

It was the third match in four that Barca failed to win, and reports that Messi agreed to leave in 2021 when his contract terminates, started circulating on Thursday. Although some put that down as a plot to topple controversial club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, others are stressed over such an idea taking root and turning out to be a reality, with Messi apparently connecting up with Manchester City ‘s manager Pep Guardiola again.

As of late, there have also been bits of gossip about in-house squabbling and a helpless relationship between the players and the coaching staff, yet Setien demands he has heard nothing from Messi about his alleged plan to resign.

“I’m not going to remark on this because I haven’t heard him say anything about it and it’s not my occupation,” Setien said ahead of a gathering with Villarreal via Marca in the pre-match news meeting Saturday.

Riqui Puig is a Barca player with a great deal of inspiration encompassing him, with the 20-year-old midfielder making some outstanding displays after the resumption and that wasn’t lost at Setien.



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