- Lionel Messi told Barcelona transfer request to leave the club this summer
- The 33-year-old met with new boss Ronaldo Koeman after his unveiling
- The Dutchman aggravated Messi's anger after telling him his privileges are withdrawn
New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman reportedly aggravated Lionel Messi's decision to leave the club after the Dutcham told him his "privileges are over".
The Argentine has since then handed the Catalans his transfer request with Manchester City tipped as his next destination due to his relationship with pep Guardiola.
Messi has spent all his career at the Camp Nou but he was said to have send them a fax message about his decision to leave this summer despite having 12 months left on his deal.
The 33-year-old was also said to have been angry of the Blaugrana's treatment of Luis Suarez after the new boss told the Uruguayan he has no future at the club.
Messi had to cut his holidays short to have a meeting with Koeman but the Argentine told the manager he sees his future outside the club.
But according to Diario Olé via AS, Koeman told Messi: “Your privileges in the squad are over, you have to do everything for the team. "I'm going to be inflexible, you have to think about the team."
“I don’t know if I have to convince Messi [to stay], whether it’s that or not. He is the best player in the world and the best player in the world you want in your team, you don’t want him playing against you.
“As a coach I would love to work with Messi because he wins matches. If he’s at the ability and level he has always shown I’d be more than happy for him to stay."
Meanwhile, after revealing that Messi will no longer enjoy any privileges, the attacker was convinced he cannot work with the tactician and wouls rather go elsewhere.
He informed the directors he has decided he will quit after this major fallout - with their treatment of Suarez also thought to be a contributing factor.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that angry Barcelona fans on Tuesday night, August 25, stormed the Nou Camp to express their annoyance over the uncertainty surrounding the future of Lionel Messi.
It has been claimed that Lionel Messi is ready to leave the Spanish club this summer even though he has a contract at the club until the end of next season.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Lionel Messi has never represented any other club than Barcelona in his professional career, and he has won everything at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona's embarrassing defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League was said to be the architect of Lionel Messi's unhappiness at the Nou Camp.
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