MADRID, Aug 21: For every day that goes by without a word from Lionel Messi, a new rumour surfaces about his future with Barcelona.
Messi hasn�t made any public statement since Barcelona�s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals last week, putting in doubt his permanence with the struggling Catalan club.
He had already shown his discontent earlier in the season, and the humiliation in Lisbon only made it worse.
Messi, who has been with the Catalan club for nearly two decades, has a contract with Barcelona until the end of the 2020-21 season.
There�s been speculation about Messi�s future from the moment the final whistle blew against Bayern.
The doubts increased after a Catalan radio station, RAC1, claimed late Thursday that the Argentina great met with new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman and said he sees himself �more out than in� the club at the moment.
Messi allegedly told Koeman that his future was not clear and that he was not happy with the current situation in Barcelona.
Barcelona is enduring one of its worst crises, coming off its first trophyless season since 2007-08 and dealing with uncertainty about its own future. � AP