Ronald Koeman, coach of Barcelona, gave an interview to the Dutch channel NOS and told how was his first talk with Lionel Messi when the Argentine had made the decision to leave the Catalan team.
“After signing as a coach, I immediately contacted Leo” explained Koeman and detailed the first meeting: “I went to his house and told him about his future. He was clear about his discontent … In the end, it went well and from the moment he indicated that he would continue he has done everything I expect of him”, assured the coach.
The anger of Mesis for the departure of Suarez
In the interview with NOS, Koeman also made reference to the discomfort he caused to Lionel Messi the output of Luis Suarez of Barcelona, and assured that it was normal due to the relationship that both players have.
“If you have someone in the locker room that you, your wife, and kids hang out with outside of football, then that reaction makes sense,” Koeman said.
The Dutch coach also told him what he said to Messi about the situation of Suarez: “I understand that you are disappointed and I think it is a terrible pity that he is leaving, but these are club elections”.
His relationship with Suarez
The decision that Luis Suarez not continue in Barcelona and will go to Atletico de Madrid was from the leadership and Koeman He confirmed it in this interview with the Dutch site.
“Suárez had found it very difficult to play and I honestly let him know. It was difficult for him, but I never had any problems with him. He just trained and trained well. I’m fine with Luis, but the club thought we had to rejuvenate. the team and that is now seen in the group “he explained.
“Ansu Fati plays, he is 17 years old. We have Pedri, 17 years old, who has his opportunities. Ronald Araujo is here with 21. Trincao appears a lot and is 20 years old. And we have signed Sergiño Dest, 19. Those are all players for the future”Koeman closed.