Barcelona tactician Ronald Koeman spoke about the statement by Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director Leonardo that the French club was interested in signing Lionel Messi. How did Ronald Koeman respond?
Yes, before this Paris Saint-Germain had indeed publicly acknowledged their interest in Lionel Messi, who was at the end of his contract with Barcelona.
In fact, this interest was expressed directly by Leonardo as the sporting director of Les Parisiens.
On the one hand, Lionel Messi is indeed on the threshold of exiting Barcelona, even since last summer, the player nicknamed La Pulga is planning to leave.
But, in the end he stayed at Barcelona, it’s just that there was no new contract agreement, while the current contract will expire in the summer of 2021.
So far there has been no new contract agreement between Lionel Messi and Barcelona, so it’s only natural that Paris saints are interested in using the services of the 6 Ballon d’Or winner.
“Great players like Messi will always be on the PSG list,” said Leonardo in an interview with France Football a few days ago.
Responding to Leonardo’s words, Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman gave a pretty calm response. According to him, this is a natural thing, because Messi is still a big player. He also has the same interest in Neymar and Mbappe.
“If you ask me if I am interested in Neymar or Mbappe, I will say yes, so that’s the same,” Koeman told a press conference as quoted by Goal International.
As for Lionel Messi, whose contract will end soon, Ronald Koeman admits that he does not know anything, clearly Barcelona will try to maintain its best squad.
“We don’t know what will happen and I can’t comment on [rumors about Messi’s departure], I only know that we are trying to have the best squad possible.” said Koeman.
Unfortunately, Messi himself is certain to miss the next two matches, after being sanctioned after the direct red card he received in the match against Atheltic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup Final yesterday.