Ronald Koeman hints Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona next summer

    Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman recommends that Lionel Messi will leave the Catalan giants on a totally free transfer next summer.

    Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has recommended that he is not depending on Lionel Messi beyond completion of the 2020-21 campaign.

    The Argentina international revealed a desire to leave Camp Nou during the recent transfer window, however Barca were not prepared to allow him to leave on a totally free and rather firmly insisted that any interested club needed to pay the ₤ 630m release stipulation in his contract.

    Messi eventually chose to stay with the Catalan giants, however the attacker’s existing deal will formally end next summer, and Manchester City and Juventus have actually been highly linked with his services.

    Koeman, who changed Quique Setien as Barca boss over the summer, has hinted that he is resigned to losing the 33-year-old at the end of the existing season.

    “I was always hoping Messi would stay for this season. If he had left in the summer, I would have had a very different situation at Barca,” The Mirror quotes Koeman as stating. “He wished to leave however the club was very clear to him. The buy out stipulation was so high, that not a single club in the world was going to pay that in these times.

    ” I went to his home and took some time to listen to all the important things he stated. I

    “We ended up talking football tactics. It ended as a proper football chat and that convinced me he is a real lover of the game and he still wanted to put everything he has into Barcelona.”

    Messi described to him that I had actually not been a part of the issues he had with the full and informed him how I was going to work to alter things.

    played the (*) 90 minutes as Barca suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat to Getafe in La Liga on Saturday night.(*)

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