Four-time Ballon D’ Or winner Lionel Messi and Barcelona boss Jose Enrique confronted each other and exchanged words between them, according to Barca defender Jeremy Mathieu.
The defender however goes on to say that it was something which normally happens with every team and since it is Barcelona, the speculation has gathered pace.
Messi and his coach Enrique has been the subject of intense media speculation in recent weeks, with various figures at the club regularly denying reports of tension in their relationship.
Mathieu, 31, who moved to the Camp Nou last summer from Valencia revealed the pair had exchanged angry words just after the turn of the year.
“It was when we got back from holiday,” Mathieu said to RMC of the incident that occurred at the La Liga club’s training centre on Jan. 2. “Suddenly, for a foul that wasn’t given, ‘Leo’ blew his top. Things got tense, they said a few things to each other.”
“The coach came to speak to him in the dressing room afterwards and that’s that. It happens at every club, but because it’s Barcelona, it’s made out to be a huge thing. That’s the problem,” he added.
Even though Mathieu has asked not to make a big deal out of it, the events which followed after it certainly showed that there still remains some tension in the Barcelona camp.
Two days after the bust-up, Messi surprisingly started his club’s league game with Real Sociedad on the bench. Then he missed an open training session the following day, which the club said was due to a gastroenteritis.
That prompted speculation of Messi moving away from the club, where he has been a player since 13 years of age. However, the huge transfer fees may put off any potential suitors. Even if anyone are looking to buy him, they have to wait atleast till summer to have a chance of making the deal possible.