Wednesday 19 August, 2020
The new Barcelona coach ruled out that age is an element to consider when shaping the squad for next season, as the idea is to have players who are willing and give everything for the club. In addition, he spoke about the possible departure of Lionel Messi.
Little happened since Quique Setién left the Barcelona bench and Ronald Koeman was already introduced as a new DT. The former Netherlands coach pointed to the renewal of the squad, ensuring that age will not be a factor when it comes to discarding or hiring players.
«A player with 31-32 or 33 years is not finished. It depends on hunger and the desire to give everything for the club. There are 20 of them without hunger or without work… We must look for the best team to win games. I just want to work with people who want to be here, if they are not happy here let them say so. I want people who are going to give everything for Barça, « said the former defender.
Along the same lines and on the names that the club will leave or the possible signings, Koeman assured that “I don’t like to talk about names, we have to find the best for the club and make the best squad. There are players of a certain age who may have doubts about performance, you have to respect all players. We seek the best for the club, but if decisions have to be made, we will make them.
One of the issues that makes the most noise inside the Camp Nou is the future of Lionel Messi, especially given the rumors that the Argentine would now seek his departure from the club, when he still has a current contract with the ‘cule’ team.
« I don’t know if I have to convince Messi. He is the best in the world and the best in the world you want him in your team, not the other way around. For my part, I would love to work with Messi, he wins you games and with his performance he is very happy if he wants to stay. He has a contract, but you have to talk to him, of course. We are going to talk to several players, in the case of Messi hopefully he will continue here for more years, « said the new » Blaugrana « coach.
Finally, regarding his style of play, Koeman indicated that “I am Dutch, we like to have the ball, dominate the ball, try to play well and win the game. I have been training for years, I have learned from many coaches, I think I am capable of training Barça at the highest level ».