Josep Maria Bartomeu announced this Tuesday that Ronald Koeman will be the new technical director of Barcelona. At the same time, he was consulted about the future of Lionel messi and assured that it will continue in the culé institution.
« He wants to finish his sports career in the Barça. Koeman He has already told me that his pillar will be Leo Messi. He has a contract until 2021. They know that there is a new project and that we have him. Messi It is the best in the world and we have it. We are very clear that we have to create a team to help him. Koeman count on him, « he said.
In this sense, he confirmed that he has not spoken with the Argentine after the elimination of the Champions League. « Not yet. With him, no. With his father, yes. We have already passed the duel. We have to be optimistic. That’s it. We have to get up, generate hope. And that is what we have to do. We begin a new cycle, but that doesn’t mean the era is over Messi, because he is still the best footballer in the world. The stage of Messi at Barça has had several cycles, so we can say that we started a new cycle within the era Messi« , he defined.
Bartomeu He told how the talk with Jorge Messi, Lionel’s dad. « I spoke with him and with other agents. He told me what we all know and what happens to all of us, that there is a strong disappointment. The disappointment is correct, we must do this duel, but since Sunday we are preparing for next season It is how the players have to see it. Holidays, cleaning the head and starting the season with full force « , contributed the president of the Blaugrana institution in dialogue with Barça TV.
« The coach has to talk to him (for Messi). We have four captains and Koeman will talk to them. And there we started to work. We have been 2-8 for four days and we have already made many decisions, « he said.
Finally, they asked him if it would affect him if colleagues close to him left. « This you have to ask him. The technical secretariat and the new coach will take drastic measures and affect certain players who must be fired with all honors. They are players who have given their best and have given the best years of the game. Barça. There are many titles, many successes and it is a decision that some have been made and others will be taken. Technical decisions are not consulted with the players. Opinion and listening is the most important thing, but the technical secretariat and the coach will make the decision in a consensual way, « he concluded. Bartomeu.