Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu doesn’t want any ‘conflict’ with star player Lionel Messi.
“As president I will not enter into any conflict with Messi,”he said.
“Messi is our captain, the leader. We have seen him in recent days and does his talking on the field as we have seen. The issue is parked. What has been said has been said.
“I couldn’t allow, like anyone on the board or coaching staff, to let the best player in the world go. The team needs him. Things have to be discussed at home. You have to support the team and the players.
“We have to congratulate ourselves that Messi is still with us. He is excited about Koeman. The important thing is he plays for Barca, at his home. We want him to retire at the club and to start a project with Messi.”
There is also a response awaiting for Bartomeu’s future by the Barcelona board.
“The board and I will keep working to ensure we have the most competitive team possible,” he said.
“We will speak again after validating the votes but right now no-one wants to quit. The club won’t stop and we will keep working, we have lots of issues to sort out.”