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Koeman is happy with Messi, and reveals what he told him about Suarez’s case

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Ronald Koeman spoke in an interview with Dutch newspaper NOS. The Dutchman explained that he is happy with Lionel Messi, and that the Argentine is doing everything that he from a player and coach for the team.

“After I signed as a coach, I immediately contacted Leo. I went to his home, and we talked about his future. He was clear about his dissatisfaction. In the end, things went well, and from the moment he told me that he will continue, he did everything that I expected from him.”

Ronald Koeman to NOS journalist Joep Schreuder

Besides that, Messi was quite uncomfortable with the departure of his best-friend Luis Suarez, which he made clear in his farewell post on Instagram for the Uruguayan; “he didn’t deserve to be thrown out like that”.

Koeman perfectly understands the situation and explained to Leo that the player’s dismissal was not his own decision, but the club’s:

“If there is someone in the dressing room with whom you and your children have a relationship aside from football as well, the reaction is normal. I told that to Messi as well: I understand that you’re disappointed and very unhappy that he leaves, but its the choice of the club.”

Ronald Koeman

Koeman has coached Barcelona in 3 official La Liga games so far, with 2 wins and 1 draw against a strong Sevilla side on his name. Even though the Dutchman claims that he has a “perfect relationship” with the dressing room, we will have to wait and see how things will develop for the 57-year-old manager.

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