Ronald Koeman wants Messi in Barcelona's team
After Ronald Koeman was unveiled as Barcelona's new manager, Koeman stated that he wants the club's captain Lionel Messi to stay amid the exit rumours surrounding the Argentine forward
In his first interview as Barcelona's manager, Koeman said he would love Messi to remain at the club and he will be discussing with him about the situation.
"Messi is the best player in the world, and you want the best player in the world on your team," he said.
“I don’t know if I have to convince him to stay. I would love to work with him because he wins you games. If he gets the usual performance, I’m very happy that he stays.
There have been a lot of situations at Barcelona with several players admitting that the club needs structural reform.
Messi is not happy with the current situation at Barcelona and he has refused to discuss a new contract with the club
The former Netherland head coach also added that he is aware of the situation at Barcelona and said he would be addressing that starting with having a conversation with players.
“He has a contract. You have to talk to him, of course, he is the captain of the team. We have to talk to several players. We have to make decisions. In the case of Messi, I hope he will be here for more years.
“If I tell you what I’m going to say to Leo, I don’t need to meet him. They are private things. I want him to tell me what he thinks. But come on, he has one year left on his contract.”
Earlier before the unveiling, the Barcelona president, Bartomeu had revealed that the new manager wants to build his team around the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.
There have been rumours since Barcelona's 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions quarter-final that Messi is unhappy with the club and he is linked with a move away from Spain.
Although the Argentina international has not altered any word about his future, his current contract expires next season, and he has refused to discuss any contract renewal with Barcelona.
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