Barcelona defender Jérémy Mathieu has sensationally confirmed reports that Leo Messi and Luis Enrique have been involved in a training ground bust-up this season.
The Spanish media have claimed repeatedly since the autumn that Messi and Enrique don’t enjoy a particularly healthy relationship. That’s been denied by both the player and manager on several occasions.
But Mathieu’s admission on Thursday is likely to cause some discomfort amongst the Barca hierarchy with Messi being repeatedly linked with a move to Manchester United and Chelsea.
Appearing in front of the press just a day after the thrilling Copa Del Rey win over Atletico Madrid, the Frenchman was asked if there had been a dressing room summit to clear the air between some of the team’s big personalities. He responded: “A few truths were spoken to improve the situation. There was a bit of friction between Leo and the boss. These are things that happen at any team from time to time. The good thing is that the boss knew how to deal with it and everything is back to normal now. On top of that the wins have come at a good time and that also helped us a lot.”
When pressed for details, a noticeably uncomfortable Mathieu revealed: “All of a sudden, because of a foul that the manager didn’t give in a training match Messi lost it a little bit and there was a bit of friction between them. What needed to be said was said. Luis Enrique spoke to Leo afterwards in the dressing room and they sorted it all out. As I said, these things happen at any club because it’s Barcelona everything gets blown out of all proportion and gets a lot of coverage.”