Barcelona fans around the world were put into a state of panic when reports emerged a couple of days ago that Lionel Messi is considering departing the club when his contract is up in 2021, yet Quique Setien is not worried about his star man.
The Barcelona boss stated ahead of the Blaugrana‘s trip to face Villarreal on Sunday that Messi doesn’t seem to have changed.
“I’m not going to speculate on this, I haven’t heard anything from him,” Setien said.
“I have no record of such news. I don’t want to speculate. It’s not my place.
“He seems fine. The rest is speculation that I do not even enter into. That’s what you are there for.
“I see him training well, we talk what we have to talk about, no more.
“He is perfectly aware of what he has to do at every moment in the match, he is not influenced by age.
“I see him exactly the same.”
Antoine Griezmann came on in the 89th minute against Atletico Madrid, with this being the third time in four games that he’d started on the bench, and reports are beginning to circulate about the Frenchman’s future.
“The footballer is fine; I’ve exchanged words with him,” Setien noted.
“He’s a great professional. He’s a player who can understand this situation deep down, as he has done in other stages of his footballing life.
“He’s an extraordinary kid, tremendously professional and it won’t affect him when he plays again. He is very positive. And we can count on him one hundred percent when he returns to the pitch.
“Griezmann is a great player and very important for the club and for the team.
“If he plays, you ask me why Ansu Fati doesn’t play… everybody can’t play and I decide according to my criteria, according to what they bring. I’m not fickle.
“I take into account the hierarchy, but at a club like Barcelona, with so many great players, not everyone will be able to play.
“I know that some will be angry, but not everyone can be there. It’s my decision and I have to take responsibility.”