Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has hit back on the comments of the club’s interim President about football legend Lionel Messi.
Barcelona manager Ronaldo Koeman backs Lionel Messi. (Reuters Photo)
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Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, on Friday, has hit back on the comments made by the club’s interim president Carlos Tusquets about Lionel Messi. Tusquests recently said that Messi should have been transferred as that money could’ve helped the club’s economic well-being.
“Economically speaking, I would’ve sold Messi in the summer window. Both in terms of what you save on the wage bill as well as the money you make, it would’ve been desirable,” Tusquets told RAC1 radio station.
Barcelona’s top goal scorer Lionel Messi had to reluctantly stay back for the season with the club after president Josep Maria Bartomeu had clarified that the football legend could only leave if a transfer amount of 700m was met. The 33-year-old wanted a release from Camp Nou for free.
“We know what Leo’s situation is. If there’s anyone who needs to decide about his future, it’s Leo himself. I don’t care what’s said outside the club, however comments from inside the club don’t help us have the calmness we need to do our job,” Koeman told a news conference.
“We can’t control what’s said outside, but from within it’s a different story. It (selling Messi in the transfer window) might have been his (Tusquets’) personal opinion and I respect that, but Leo’s got a year left on his deal and he is the one who needs to decide.”
(Inputs from Reuters)