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Chelsea Continue Lionel Messi Chase, As Barcelona Face ‘Chaos’ Over Star’s Future

Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain are not giving up their hope of luring Lionel Messi…

Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Lionel Messi, with reports claiming that Barcelona are “descending into chaos” after coach Luis Enrique today refused to deny a bitter fallout with the player.

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According to the Daily Mirror, Neymar had to stop Enrique and Messi coming to blows after a training-ground bust-up last week, and the Barca coach then had to persuaded by senior players not to discipline the four-time Ballon D’Or winner when he missed training on Monday.

Both Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain have been linked with Messi in last week, with some reports suggesting that the player has a £195.8m buyout clause. The news comes as the latest nail in Barcelona’s rapidly deepening metaphorical coffin.

In recent days, sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and Carles Puyol both departed the club after a transfer ban was upheld, and now the club’s star player has suggested for the first time – with actions rather than words – that he could follow them.

Club legend Hristo Stoichkov said: “It seems to me that Barca are descending into chaos and everything is topsy turvy at the club right now. We don’t want to see ­Barcelona returning to the days of Louis van Gaal, when we won the league with just 13,000 people in the stands.

“But we are heading that way. Messi will recover and return but Barca’s problems are within the club. Messi should end his career there and that’s all there is to it.

“There has to be a stop to all this stupid in-fighting and he needs to be looked after, cared for, but name me one of Barca’s former foreign players who hasn’t left by the back door.”

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