Koeman wants to speak to Messi directly to stay in Barcelona: Okezone Football

BARCELONA – Barcelona new manager Ronald Koeman has expressed his desire to keep Lionel Messi. Koeman was ready to respond to his request by speaking to Messi directly.

At its public launch at Camp Nou on Wednesday August 19, 2020, WIB had an initial plan to defend Messi. According to him, Messi is Barcelona’s best asset and Koeman wants to partner with the Argentine passer.

In addition, Barcelona are determined to keep key players this season. As is La Pulga – the nickname Messi – who is considered one of the main players by Barcelona.

To make that ambition a reality, Koeman is also ready to sit down and speak to Messi directly. In addition, Messi still has a one-year deal and is hoping to accept an offer to extend his contract.

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“He’s got a contract. I have to talk to him because he’s the team captain. We’ll work and talk to some players. For Messi’s case, I hope he’ll be here for many years to come,” Koeman quoted on Thursday ( 8/20/2020) from Goal.

“What I talked to Messi about, there are personal issues between the player and the coach. We’ll talk about what he thinks of Barcelona and then I’ll make a decision, “he added.

“Messi has another year of contract and is a Barcelona player. I want him to stay on my team, ”he said.

Koeman’s presence is a form of Barcelona’s desire to change after a bad 2019-2020 season. The 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League was the culmination of this failure.

Lionel Messi

Barcelona then dismissed Quique Setien from the coaching chair and replaced him with Koeman. On the other hand, however, Barcelona’s work is not finished yet as there are plenty of rumors circulating that Messi is planning to leave Barcelona.

The captain is reportedly angry with Barcelona already and is considering leaving Camp Nou. However, Koeman promised to prevent the megastar from leaving Camp Nou.