Messi stunned after learning about Chelsea owner Abramovich's plan - Iforsports

Messi stunned after learning about Chelsea owner Abramovich’s plan

Lionel Messi plays for Barcelona

Barcelona star player Lionel Messi is reportedly shocked to know that Chelsea owner Roman Abromovic has decided to replace current Blues boss Antonio Conte with Luis Enrique.

Conte’s future at the club has been at the heart of a lot of speculation after a poor campaign so far, with the latest shock coming in the league against Bournemouth, where the team conceded three goals at Stamford Bridge.

To make matters worse, the fact that Conte has vocally criticised the team’s transfer policy is also unlikely to work too well for him when the boardroom meeting takes place.

Barcelona will face Chelsea in the Champions League later this month in a tie where Messi will be aiming to break his Blues duck.

Spanish media outlet Don Balon has claimed that the Argentina international has found out about this development through a well-placed journalist in England.

While many are speculating that Conte will be shown the exit door at the end of the season, there is also a theory that he could lose his job far sooner than that.

The Chelsea owner is not the sort of bloke who likes to wait before making a decision, having famously sacked Jose Mourinho mid-season on two ocassions.The Russian behaved similarly with Andre Villas-Boas when the Portuguese was sacked in 2012.Don Balon claims that Messi has been told that Enrique could be at the helm even before the two teams clash on February 20.

The 30-year-old is still close with the Spaniard, who left Barca at the end of last season.

As far as Conte’s future in the sport is concerned, a rumour has started doing the rounds that he is interested in taking up the reins of the national team, with Italian Football Federation chief Roberto Fabbricini adding fuel to that suggestion recently.

“The names are the ones you know,” he said when asked who could replace Gian Piero Ventura .

“Mancini was in Rome but we didn’t contact him, Conte seems eager to wear blue again.

“Ancelotti opens and closes the door and Ranieri isn’t out either.”

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