Lionel Messi has admitted that Barcelona are in turmoil – and used language that suggested he could be on his way out of the club.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner's future is up in the air, with his contract up in the summer and it looking increasingly unlikely that he will sign a new one.
He has returned to the press this week to give another public interview and the comments will only go to concern fans of the Catalan club.
"I know that things at Barca are really, really bad," he said in a lengthy interview with Spanish television channel La Sexta.
"It will be difficult to get back to where we were."
Messi also added: "I love Barcelona, it’s my life. I have a love story with Barca, they gave me everything."
It is the use of the word "gave" that will alarm fans, as it suggests that he is already talking as if he has left the city.
Messi also addressed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who he often says is the best coach he ever worked for.
"His way of preparing games was exceptional and his way and the way of working," he said.
"Luis Enrique too was excellent. I was fortunate to work with both men."
During the interview, Messi also opened up on the struggles he faced over the summer.
He admitted that the Burofax – a faxed legal document he sent demanding a transfer – had created a difficult environment for him.
"These days I am feeling well," he continued.
"I had a really bad time last summer with the Burofax and all that, and before.
"But now I feel good, excited to fight for everything in front of us. But club going through difficult moment, team too, everything around Barca is difficult."
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