‘That was a conflict between him and the club’: Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman insists there is no fight between him and Lionel Messi after the star’s turnaround
- Ronald Koeman revealed there are no issues between him and Lionel Messi
- The Argentinian superstar told Barcelona by fax that he wanted to leave the Nou Camp
- He made a dramatic turnaround by announcing that he would stay with the club this season
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has revealed there are no issues between him and Lionel Messi after this summer’s transfer saga.
The Argentinean superstar told Barcelona via fax that he wanted to leave the Nou Camp this summer, but made a dramatic turnaround by announcing that he would stay with the club this season.
Koeman, who was appointed manager in August after Quique Setien’s resignation, has said there is no argument between him and the club’s star player.
Barcelona star Messi made a dramatic turnaround after expressing his desire to leave the club
“That went pretty well for me,” he said Fox Sports.
‘That was mainly a conflict between Messi and the club. Since then I have spoken to Messi and we will continue as usual. ‘
The 33-year-old was closely linked to a move to Manchester City in the Premier League following his transfer request. However, he confirmed that he would stay in Barcelona until the end of the 2020-2021 season earlier this month, as the club had blocked his transfer by demanding that his astronomical release clause be met.
Ronald Koeman has revealed that there are no problems between himself and superstar Messi
“I’m going to continue with this club because the president has told me the only way I can leave is if I pay the € 700m (£ 625m) and that’s impossible,” he said.
‘The only other way was to go to court and I would never sue Barcelona because I love the club. The president always said that at the end of the season, I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he didn’t keep his word. ‘
Koeman, who joined a two-year contract, has a daunting task on his hands after a miserable 2019/20 campaign for the Catalan giants.
Barcelona missed their rival Real Madrid’s LaLiga title and were humiliated in the Champions League quarter-finals after an 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich.