Pep Guardiola says Barcelona will need time to adjust when Lionel Messi leaves

Pep Guardiola says Barcelona will need time to adjust when Lionel Messi leaves

- Pep Guardiola fears Barcelona will face difficulties if Lionel Messi should leave

- This comes after he had a bust up with Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal

Manchester City gaffer Pep Guardiola has explained that his former club Barcelona will fight for survival when Lionel Messi leaves the Nou Camp.

Argentine superstar has never played for any other club except Barcelona where he has won all the trophies in football with only the FIFA World Cup missing in his cabinet.

The 32-year-old made it clear many times that he is happy playing for the Catalan giant and have no plan to leave the club where he made his name.

But in a shocking turn of events, Lionel Messi has been linked with a move away from Barcelona after a reported bust up with Nou Camp director Eric Abidal.

Eric Abidal and Lionel Messi have been together for years as they both played together and won many titles before the Frenchman retired from the game of football.

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Abidal publicly stated that some Barcelona players are not working hard enough as the club currently occupy second position on the La Liga table.

What the former left back said made Lionel Messi who is the captain livid and attacked his former teammate telling him to name the players he was referring to and not calling all of them out.

Manchester United are now said to be eyeing a move for Lionel Messi as the Red Devils want to explore the chance of the row between him and Abidal.

But it is not yet clear if the Old Trafford club will be able to meet Barcelona's asking price for them to lure Lionel Messi to England.

Pep Guardiola who coached Barcelona for four years at Nou Camp has now told his ex club that they will have to sweat anytime they allow the Argentine to leave.

Earlier, reported how amid growing tension of internal crisis at Camp Nou, Lionel Messi may leave the side for a move to Premier League side Manchester City.

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He has spent his entire football career with Catalans, winning 34 trophies among several awards including six Ballon d'Or gongs.

But of recent, the Argentine hitman seemed to be displeased with the situations of things in Camp Nou especially.

Barcelona showed no clemency as they quickly fired the 55-year-old manager with Quique Setien brought into the helm as the new boss.

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