Ronald Koeman - Only Person Who Can Decide Messi's Future Is Himself

Ronald Koeman cannot tell for certain whether Lionel Messi will stay.

Barcelona are trying behind the scenes into keeping Messi but the situation looks very drab.

Messi no longer believes Barca to be in good hands and wants to test himself in a foreign league. He wanted to leave last summer but his move was stopped by La Liga and Barcelona.

Koeman, who still centres his attack around the six-time Balon d’Or winner, was asked what he thought Messi would do.

“As I said the other day, the only person who can decide his future is Leo himself,” Koeman said. “As a club, as the coach, I would like him to stay for many more years and will try to give him good sensations to be happy because we need him.

“If he is happy like he is at the moment, he gives so much quality to the team. He also helps the morale and brings good energy. He helps the team. But as I have said before, only one person can decide the future in this case and it’s in his hands.”

Barca have climbed up the La Liga table in recent times with Atletico Madrid ahead by 10 points at the very top.

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