According the reports in Spain, the Argentine has a clause in his contract — which runs out in 2021 — that allows him to leave Barcelona for free this summer, as long as he informs the club by May.
So rarely does the 32-year-old air his grievances in public; it felt as though Abidal’s comments were the straw that broke the camel’s back.
His consistent, match-winning moments of genius have papered over cracks that have been steadily deepening for several seasons.
On the pitch, around a billion dollars has been spent since Neymar’s shock departure to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 and several big-money, high-profile signings have failed to make a mark.
Antoine Griezmann is the latest in a growing list that includes the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Malcom to have underperformed after joining with much fanfare.
The president and the board have also been widely…