Ronald Koeman, the FC Barcelona coach, has announced that he is doing his utmost to convince Lionel Messi to sign a contract extension.
Double scorer, this Saturday evening, in the final of the Spanish Cup in front of Bilbao (4-0), the six-time Ballon d’Or winner won his 35th trophy with the Catalan club jersey. At the end of the contract at the end of the current sports exercise, the legend of Barça will have to make a big choice over the next few months. Blocked by Josep Maria Bartomeu during the last summer transfer window, Lionel messi has now opened the door to a departure.
Asked at a post-match press conference about the future of his captain, Ronald Koeman invited the Argentine to initial a new lease. ” You never know, it’s Messi who has to decide his future, as the president said, we try to do our best to make him stay, because once again in the final it turned out to be the best player in the world, he led the team, explained the Dutchman. We also have to highlight the others, they worked a lot, we tried to find Messi between the lines and the team was phenomenal. “
Lionel Messi is not the only Catalan to see his name associated with a departure next season, Ronald Koeman could also be living his last months on the bench of FC Barcelona. ” The decision is not in my hands, said the former coach of Ajax Amsterdam. I still have a year on the contract. At the end of the season, it’s always ‘what did you win’. Sometimes it’s boring, you have to win things. “
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