Ronald Koeman has admitted he has no thought if Lionel Messi will depart Barcelona subsequent summer time, and mentioned it isn’t his task to steer the Argentinian to stick. Messi made an try to depart Barcelona this summer time ahead of backing down. He can communicate to different golf equipment in January and depart at no cost when his contract expires in June, with Manchester City anticipated to make a renewed try to entice the 33-year-old clear of Camp Nou. “Messi still has a contract and in my opinion, he has to stay here,” mentioned Koeman in a press convention on Friday, forward of Saturday’s crunch La Liga recreation away at Atletico Madrid.
“But I am not the person that has to try to make him stay here. We will see about his future, still, he is a Barcelona player. Nobody knows what will happen with the future of Messi.”
After getting back from a 15-hour shuttle again to Barcelona on Wednesday morning following global responsibility, a pissed off Messi confronted questions on his dating with French ahead Antoine Griezmann.
A former agent of Griezmann’s had claimed Messi was once tricky to play with at Barca, to which Messi mentioned: “I’m tired of always being the problem with everything at the club.”
When the feedback had been put to Koeman, he mentioned: “I can understand why Leo was fuming. People should show a lot more respect to people like Lionel Messi.”
“After such a long trip, to ask Messi about Antoine is a lack of respect, once again to create controversy.”
“I have not seen any problem between the two of them, not in the changing room or the training pitch. There are enough pictures who show them working well together.”
“Someone has said something and that someone has not been a client of Griezmann for three years. It’s bullshit.”
Messi was once one in every of plenty of gamers to go back from lengthy journeys to play for his or her international locations, and Koeman complained that La Liga’s time table has Barcelona dealing with Atletico Madrid at 9:00 pm on Saturday.
“And then we have to play in Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday night,” mentioned Koeman. “It doesn’t help the big teams or the players.”
Barcelona will be without the injured Sergio Busquets and Ansu Fati on the Wanda Metropolitano whilst Atletico’s Luis Suarez shall be denied the danger to stand his former membership, after he examined certain for coronavirus.
Atletico will pass 9 issues transparent of Barca in the event that they win however Diego Simeone’s facet have no longer crushed the Catalans in La Liga since 2010.
“It’s an important match and we want to get a good result but La Liga is very long and a lot can happen,” mentioned Koeman.
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