Ronald Koeman arrived at Barcelona after the most painful defeat in the club’s history when they fell 8-2 against the Bayern Munich in the Champions League, And now the Dutch coach revealed how his first days were at the head of the Catalan team.
“After signing as coach, I immediately contacted Leo. I went to his house and told him about his future. He was clear about his discontent with the club. In the end it went well and from the moment he indicated that he would continue, he has done everything I expect of him, “he said. Koeman.
Once the problem about Messi’s continuity as main support was resolved, Koeman chatted with Luis Suarez, and let him know that his presence was no longer required.
“Suárez had found it very difficult to play. And I honestly let him know. It was difficult for him, but I never had a problem with him. He just trained and trained well. I’m fine with Luis, but the club thought we had to rejuvenate the team and that can now be seen in the group. Play Ansu Fati, he is 17 years old. We have 17-year-old Pedri who has his opportunities. Ronald Araujo is here at 21. Trincao appears a lot and is 20 years old. And we have signed Sergiño Dest, 19. Those are all players for the future ”.
And the problem was not saying goodbye to Suárez, but explaining to Messi that his best friend and partner would no longer be with Barcelona. “I understand that you are disappointed, and I think it is a terrible pity that he is leaving, but these are decisions of the club.
And although I had already shelved the case Messi-Suarez, a Koeman He was upset that the board did not make a greater effort to bring in more reinforcements.
“We were hoping to have a second Dutchman on the squad. Wijnaldum was on my list. ” The Liverpool player had sounded at the beginning of the transfer window, but when the Premier League club put a value of more than USD 18 million on him, the Barça club was forced to give up.