Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman expressed his hope that after a dazzling display from the Argentinean saw off Granada on Saturday, Lionel Messi will devote his future to the Catalans.
Messi expressed his intention to leave Barca last summer on a free transfer, only to withdraw his offer when it became apparent that if another side did not fulfill his astronomical release clause, the club would not allow him to go.
However, in June, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will be out of contract, and is now free to talk to overseas clubs about a transfer.
Nevertheless, Barca holds out hope that he will remain beyond 2021 and, after Messi netted twice in the 4-0 drubbing of Granada on Saturday, Koeman reiterated that he is key to the fortunes of the club.
“Barca needs Messi, we need him to achieve greatness and fight for the titles,”Barca needs Messi, we need him to accomplish great things and fight for the titles.
With the score, very important players like Messi and De Jong were able to make changes and rest.
“We will challenge for all the titles if all the players are in good shape. This streak of outcomes gives us a great deal of trust.
Young midfielder Riqui Puig played this season off the bench for just the third time in La Liga, having been largely frozen out by Koeman as a coach in his debut season.
“I have nothing against Riqui Puig,” Koeman said when asked about the 21-year-friendship old’s with him.
“We have very young players like Konrad, Matheus and Junior who don’t have many minutes, but you always think I’m talking about Riqui. I have no problem with him, we talk often. His future? He has to decide.”
Antoine Griezmann also had much to celebrate on Saturday as he scored twice, as well as Messi, and the Frenchman shared his hope that the goals would help him revive what was a tough season for him.