Ronald Koeman has spoken in the press-conference ahead of Barça’s clash against Celta Vigo on Thursday. The Dutch manager explained what he expects from the game, and answered several questions about his players.
“We expect a difficult game from our opponent. Barça have a difficult history at the Balaídos. Celta possesses a great team so we must give our best in order to win the game.”Ronald Koeman
Koeman also confirmed that he will play with the same line-up as he did against Villarreal:
“There is no need to make any rotations for tomorrow’s game. This team should not play differently away from home. We should not play differently no matter where we are. We have a great team and we will see how the squad performs outside of the Camp Nou.”Ronald Koeman
The Dutch manager added that the Catalan club is actively looking for a striker, and that there are many options on the table:
“We are looking for a number 9, and there are many options. I will not mention the names of the players we are interested in.”Ronald Koeman
Lastly, Koeman gave his opinion on Barça’s latest signing Sergino Dest:
“Dest is a young player who can help us a lot. He has participated in the Champions League, and he will be very useful.”Ronald Koeman
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.