Ronald Koeman: Barcelona manager says no row exists between him and Messi

Ronald Koeman: Barcelona manager says no row exists between him and Messi

- Ronaldo Koeman replaced manager Quique Setien after Barcelona had a terrible last season

- The manager has stated that he and Lionel Messi are in good working terms

- Messi earlier tendered his transfer request amid interests from Manchester City

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Ronald Koeman has stated that there are no issues between himself and Lionel Messi after the player made his incredible transfer U-turn to remain at the club.

As soon as Koeman was announced the new manager at the club, the Argentine told the club via fax that he wanted to leave, in a drama that ensued for two weeks.

The player decided to make a u-turn and has said he would wait to see of his contract which will expire at the end of the coming season.

When asked if there are issues between himself and the Argentine star, new manager Koeman says there is no conflict.

"That has passed me reasonably well," he told Fox Sports.

"That was mainly a conflict between Messi and the club. I have spoken to Messi since then and we will continue as usual."

Messi was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City in the Premier League following his transfer request but has agreed to carry on with the Catalan club.

However, Barcelona have launched what the club describe as urgent operation looking to clear out twelve players in a bid to get funds to bring in at least three new players.

Among the players expected to leave the club include Luis Suarez, Samuel and Martin Braithwaite who according to reports are now surplus to the squad.

Ronald Koeman: Barcelona manager no row exists between him and Lionel Messi

Ronald Koeman says he is in good terms with Messi. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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The club needs cash to bring in a strong midfielder and a forward as well as a left footed center-back after they finally resolved their saga with Lionel Messi.

And Suarez has been told to train alone by new manager Ronald Koeman ahead of his rumoured switch to Italian giants Juventus.

The Uruguayan looks set to leaving the Catalan club as just medical and bonuses are needed to sort out after a £2.8million move plus £12million in variables had been agreed, but the report claims Atletico Madrid have arrived on the scene and the Uruguayan's openness to staying in Spain has changed the scenario.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi has once again been fingered in another rancour within the Barcelona squad with reports claiming teenage sensation Ansu Fati may be considering an exit at the club.

Reports from Everything Barca citing Diario GOL claim that the Argentine is doing everything to frustrate the 17-year-old out of the club for parting ways with his agent Rodrigo Messi who is the club legend’s brother.

Ansu Fati had been managed by Messi’s brother Rodrigo, but the player recently ended their contract to join forces with renowned football agent Jorge Mendes.

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