Ronald Koeman Disagrees with Carlos Tusquets
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has criticised interim president Carlos Tusquets after he made a comment about letting Lionel Messi go, the interim president of the club said the club should have sold Lionel Messi in the summer.
Tusquets said selling the 33-year-old forward was “desirable” because of the money the Spanish giants could have made. Messi is out of contract at the end of this season so can leave for free.
Ronald Koeman said: “I don’t care what’s said outside the club. However, comments from inside the club don’t help us have the calmness we need to do our job.”
He also said: “We can’t control what’s said outside, but from within it’s a different story.” The Argentina international who has been at Barca his whole career told the club he wanted to leave in August and said a clause in his deal meant he could do so for free.
Barcelona said that was not the case and would not let their captain and all-time leading goalscorer go for less than his 700m euros (£624m) release clause.
Ronald Koeman added that “If there’s anyone who needs to decide about his future, it’s Leo himself.” “It [selling Messi] might have been his [Tusquets’] personal opinion and I respect that, but Leo’s got a year left on his deal and he is the one who needs to decide.” This is coming because of the present form of Lionel Messi and their last loss to Cádiz 2-1 yesterday.