After a 1-0 win against Elche at the Camp Nou, Barça coach Ronald Koeman spoke to the media about various topics. Here is what he had to say.
“Today is a special day for me because it’s my first day at the Camp Nou coaching Barça. I hope we can continue winning when the fans return.” Koeman said with a smile on his face.
“I’m very happy with Coutinho’s level and performance. He’s a great player who works hard.”
On his team’s performance
“We saw the players getting tired towards the end of the game. We’re still in pre-season, so it’s normal.”
On the rumors surrounding Riqui Puig
“I told Riqui that it would be difficult for him to get consistent minutes at Barça. Youngsters need to play continuously in order to improve. He has a huge future at Barcelona, so a loan deal might work for him. I did not tell Puig that I won’t count on him. I advised him to go out on loan to get more minutes.”
On Puig, Pedri and Aleñá
“Pedri, Aleñá, and Riqui face a lot of competition in their positions. They need regular minutes.”
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.