Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has begun to raise concerns to his closest confidants about an “institutional” lack of backing from his new club.
Since taking over in August, Koeman has worked to reduce Barcelona’s £510million yearly wage bill.
Marca, however, report that Koeman is already struggling to feel comfortable in his dream role.
The source says the 57-year-old “is beginning to show mistrust” due to the situation he finds himself in.
He feels Barcelona’s board have left him in an “uncomfortable” position as regards his squad and has concerns that president Josep Maria Bartomeu is leaving him “defenceless”.
Bartomeu has proved a controversial figure in Barcelona’s recent history.
Koeman also has concerns about how his arrival at such a juncture in the club’s history will affect his players.
Nevertheless, the Dutchman has successfully shipped off several players from his squad.
What’s more, in one of the more high-profile exits, Luis Suarez has moved to LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid.
The Suarez move has not sat well with Messi, who has blasted his club for their treatment of the Uruguayan.
As for potential incomings, Lyon forward Memphis Depay reportedly remains Koeman’s top target.
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