Ronald Koeman repeats his plan to ‘do everything we can’ to keep Lionel Messi in Barcelona … while REFUSING to talk about Joan Laporta’s meeting with Erling Haaland’s father Alfie and agent Mino Raiola
- Ronald Koeman said Barcelona will ‘do everything we can’ to keep Lionel Messi
- Messi’s future is still undecided as the Argentinian star may be leaving Barça
- Koeman also dismissed questions about Barca’s meeting with Erling Haaland’s agent
Ronald Koeman has said that Barcelona will ‘do everything it can’ to hold on to Lionel Messi at the end of the season.
Messi’s future remains questionable, although observers say there may be cause for optimism among Barça fans, as Manchester City’s interest in Messi has cooled and the player seems more committed to the club than in recent times.
Neymar has also reportedly postponed new contract negotiations with PSG due to a possible reunion with Messi at Nou Camp.
Ronald Koeman has said Barcelona will ‘do everything we can’ to keep Lionel Messi
Messi’s future remains unresolved with talk that PSG is in the lead to lure him away
However, Koeman made it clear that he didn’t take anything for granted.
Leading up to Barcelona’s LaLiga match against Valladolid, he said: ‘It is (Messi’s future) a very important issue.
‘We’re going to do everything we can to make sure he stays. But right now it’s about tomorrow’s game. Future matters are up to the president. We just focus on our games. ‘
Even more urgent for Koeman, regarding Messi, is the fact that he is one yellow card away from suspension. If he took on Valladolid, he would miss El Clasico against Real Madrid next week.
Koeman did not comment on Joan Laporta’s meeting with Erling Haaland’s agent last week
But the Barca boss confirmed that the Argentinian and Frenkie De Jong, who is in the same boat, will both start on Monday evening.
“We know, the risk is always there, but this is not the time to rest,” he said. They both know that. We have to play one match at a time and put our best possible team in every match. ‘
Koeman also had to deal with Barça president Joan Laporta’s meeting with Erling Haaland’s father and his agent Mino Raiola earlier this week, saying that the Norwegian striker is considering a move to Barca or Real Madrid.
The father of attacker Alf-Inge (left) and agent Mino Raiola (right) were seen in Barcelona this week
“We used the international break to meet the president and discuss the future, but I can’t talk about players playing for other clubs,” said Koeman.
When asked about the chances that Barcelona would sign a top striker this summer, Koeman was equally reluctant.
‘I don’t know, it depends on the board and the president. They are the ones who make a decision based on the club’s finances. ‘