Koeman: Messi’s departure hurt me

Ronald Koeman is hurt by the departure of Leo Messi, he invites President Laporta to be a little more careful and restrained in his comments.

He himself aspires to stay in Barcelona for many more years.

He starts with the relationship with the president: “I have a good relationship with Laporta. We all want the same thing, for Barca to win. I like to have a president who understands football, who likes to talk to the players, who comes to training. I like to compare myself to him, but maybe it would be better for some conversations to remain in the private sphere.

Sometimes it happens that what happens here comes out, even in many details, outside the club. And then it ends up in the hands of the press. There have been complications in recent months, like the end of last season and the last few weeks. We know we are going through a difficult time in many ways, but we are moving forward.”

Among the most difficult moments, the Dutch coach lists Leo Messi’s farewell. An event that shook the foundations of the Catalan club. Barcelona seemed impossible without the Argentine: “I will be honest, I was hurt by Messi’s departure, like any Catalan fan.”

I was absolutely aware of all the club’s problems with ‘financial fair play’, but I always hoped that Leo would end his career here. It was a sad ending, from any perspective you look at it. Without him we will have to look for solutions in the attack. Messi is a talent that makes you win matches. It is clear that we will suffer for his goals.”

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