Former Barcelona defender Laurent Blanc says losing Leo Messi is a huge blow for the club.
"For French football it's incredible to have [Lionel] Messi, Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe in the same league," he said in an interview with Panenka.
"If I look at it from Barcelona's perspective, I believe that they have committed monumental errors. Monumental.
"Not only in relation to Messi, but looking at the last four or five years.
"They have lost incredible players, which a club like Barcelona cannot allow.
"You can't lose Neymar or Messi, because it is very difficult to replace them."
The Frenchman also revealed just how close he came to being appointed as Barcelona coach in 2017.
"I spoke two or three times with Eric Abidal," Blanc said.
"Obviously it was a dream to coach a club like Barcelona, but it didn't happen for various reasons.
"It wasn't the right time or someone believed that I wasn't ready for it. That's life."
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