Lionel Messi’s knows that they must keep winning for their star to be happy Ronald Koeman welcomed Lionel Messi’s call for harmony at Barcelona.
Head coach Ronald Koeman has said that Barcelona have to be successful again if they are to keep Lionel Messi happy.
Six-time Ballond or winner Messi stated his wish to draw a line under new events and move on after he openly aired his grievances about the ongoing at Camp Nou on more than one occasion in an interview with SPORT that was published on Tuesday.
At the Barca ladder over their handling of his friend Luis Suarez’s departure for Atletico Madrid the 33 year old tried and failed to force a move away from the club on a free after last season finished before again taking shots.
Messi is only under contract until the end of the 2020-21 seasons. He has now insisted he wants to move on and Koeman has welcomed that.
“I don’t know if after Leo’s statements I’m going to have a quiet life, I don’t think so,” he told reporters in front of Thursday’s absent LaLiga game against Celta Vigo.
He also added, “But it is positive that the captain shows himself in that sense, asking for unity. This has always been positive. Hopefully we are going to be calmer than lately.”
Messi’s criticism has centred on President Josep Maria Bartomeu will leave the position in March at the latest and he has suggested he was unhappy long before Koeman was appoint.
The Dutchman thinks the key to keeping Messi content is with results on the field.
In additional, “I do not know if I have everything in that sense in my hands,” Koeman replied when asked what he could do to keep his superstar happy.
“You have to find the best team for him, where he can shine, and where he gets the most out of it. In addition, look for a formula in training.
“I have seen that he lives for football, even in training matches he does everything to win. For Leo to be happy, we have to win games.”
One man who could be passing Catalonia is midfielder Rafinha.
The Brazilian having spent time out on loan with Inter and Celta he has played in just eight LaLiga games for Barca across the preceding three seasons and he has not been built-in the group for Thursday’s match.
Koeman point to the 27-year-old needs to find a new club a report in England suggested Manchester City had turned down the chance to take Rafinha as part of a deal that would send Eric Garcia the other way.
“For players who do not see many possibilities, it is better to find a way out,” he said. “I know that Rafinha has been on loan and it is a moment when you can no longer be on loan every season. We have many midfielders; we will have to look for the best for the team. They are technical decisions.”