Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has responded to quotes from Paris Saint-Germain sports director Leonardo, stating that if his contract expires in June, the French club would be interested in Lionel Messi if he is available.
“If you also ask me if I have interest in Neymar or [Kylian] Mbappe, I would say yes.”
In the Supercopa de Espana final, Messi received his first-ever red card for Barcelona, so has the Dutch coach noticed anything different about him in the last few days in training? Leo trained very hard.
“I haven’t seen anything unusual about him. Leo has trained very hard. I haven’t seen anything unusual about him. Everyone was sad about the result of the final, but we kept going. We are on the way to improving things. The game… in defense, we have to improve. Leo is very involved.”
“He’s come from Braga, he’s young,” he said.
“Taking a step to a club like Barcelona is a giant step. You don’t have to go too fast. He’s working very well, trying to earn minutes. He’s working very well. He doesn’t play a lot. There’s a lot of competition here. For the future of this club, we count on him a lot.”
“There are some inside Barcelona, including Koeman, who, despite the dire financial state of the club, are pushing for Eric Garcia’s arrival this January. He does, however, recognize the difficulty in doing so.”
Koeman explained: “I have always said that I am not the one who has to [consider] the economic decisions of a move. If the club feels it is not feasible, it is not possible and we go ahead with what we have.”
“Someone who might leave Camp Nou in this transfer window is Matheus Fernandes. In theory, I have no preference for him for a squad,” Koeman said.”