Koeman fingers Metropolis Messi increase
Barcelona supervisor Ronald Koeman has not dominated out Lionel Messi leaving the membership subsequent summer time.
The Barca star confirmed over the summer time his intention to go away the Camp Nou, however after a stand-off with the membership concerning the validity of a launch clause he opted to remain and keep away from a harmful court docket battle.
Throughout his two-week dialogue with the membership, Manchester Metropolis had been favourites to signal to the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
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COO Omar Berrada not too long ago advised MEN Sport the Blues will be capable of signal Messi if he turns into accessible once more this summer time.
In the meantime, Koeman confirmed his function in convincing the participant his speedy future is with Barca.
“I used to be all the time hoping Messi would keep for this season,” Koeman mentioned after Barca’s shock defeat at Getafe. “If he had left in the summertime, I’d have had a really completely different scenario at Barca.
“He wished to go away however the membership was very clear to him. The purchase out clause was so excessive, that not a single membership on the planet was going to pay that in these occasions.
“I went to his home and took time to hearken to all of the issues he mentioned. However I additionally defined to him that I had not been part of the issues he had with the membership and advised him how I used to be going to work to vary issues.
“We ended up speaking soccer ways. It ended as a correct soccer chat and that satisfied me he’s an actual lover of the sport and he nonetheless wished to place all the pieces he has into Barcelona.”
Barcelona affirm Garcia stance
Barcelona are contemplating a January transfer for Metropolis defender Eric Garcia.
The 19-year-old is within the closing 12 months of his contract however Barca wished to signal him in the summertime, moderately than wait and get him on a free, however refused to satisfy Metropolis’s valuation.
That has not put an finish to Barca’s curiosity, nevertheless.
“There’s a probability for positive that we’re going to have one other go for Garcia,” Koeman mentioned.
“However proper now I can’t know the way the funds of the membership are in January, so I’ve to attend and see.”
Aguero to keep away from punishment for Massey-Ellis incident
It’s understood Metropolis striker Sergio Aguero won’t face any retrospective motion for grabbing the shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis.
The incident occurred throughout Metropolis’s assembly with Arsenal on Saturday and noticed Aguero place his hand on Massey-Ellis after a call went in opposition to the Argentine star.
Guardiola dismissed the incident after the sport, saying: “Come on guys. Sergio is the nicest particular person I’ve ever met in my life. Search for issues in different conditions, not on this one.”
There have been calls from the general public for Aguero to face retrospective motion, however it’s believed that won’t occur.