Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has talked about how to respect Lionel Messi’s decision to leave the club.
Ronald Koeman, took over Barcelona, earlier in the summer, with Messi on the verge of leaving the club.
The player ended up staying another year but with now January rolling in, Messi is free to talk with other clubs.
“Messi is fine, he doesn’t have ankle discomfort,” Koeman said. “He’s ready and he’s important to us.”
“You’ve seen his situation,” Koeman said. “He did the interview and said he hasn’t taken any decisions. It must be respected. Any player who comes to the end of a contract is free to decide. He’s a player who will always show that he wants the best for the team. It’s not a problem. You have to respect his decision.”
The Dutch coach admitted that Barcelona are perhaps a little too reliant on the great man. “A little, yes,” Koeman said. “But like many years ago. His game and his importance has been very great at the club. When the team didn’t play well, Leo would be there to win the game. That’s why he’s the best in the world.”