Ronald Koeman, Barcelona coach, says Messi wanted Suarez to stay at Camp Nou

Ronald Koeman, Barcelona coach, says Messi wanted Suarez to stay at Camp Nou

- Ronald Koeman has stated that he knew Messi was unhappy with Suarez's departure

- The Dutchman explained that the decision came from the club and not him

- Koeman also added that he has explained this to Lionel Messi

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Ronald Koeman who is the gaffer of Spanish side Barcelona has explained that he told Lionel Messi that the departure of his best friend Luis Suarez was a decision by the club.

After spending six years at Barcelona winning four La Liga titles, Luis Suarez was sold to another big Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid.

The former Liverpool striker actually wanted to make a move to Juventus and even traveled to Italy to have interview, but the deal did not work out.

Lionel Messi who also wanted to leave Barcelona before the start of the ongoing League season was not happy about the departure of Luis Suarez.

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The Argentina international took to his Instagram page to reveal his frustration towards the exit of the Uruguayan striker who has already scored twice for Atletico Madrid.

According to the report on UK Mirror, Ronald Koeman explained that he spoke with Lionel Messi on Luis Suarez's exit even though he wanted him to stay.

"If you have someone in the locker room with whom you and your wife and children also hang out outside football, then such a reaction makes sense.
"I also said that to Messi: 'I understand that you are disappointed and think it is a terrible shame that he is leaving, but these are choices of the club'.
"In the case of Suarez, it had become very difficult for him to start playing and I made that known to him. He found it difficult, but I never had any trouble with him at all.''
Ronald Koeman, Barcelona coach, says Messi wanted Suarez to stay at Camp Nou

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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Javier Tebas who is the president of the Spanish La Liga has explained that he was relieved that Barcelona captain Lionel Messi did not leave the Camp Nou this summer.

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There were serious talks about Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona before the start of the ongoing League season in Europe with Manchester City named as his next destination.

The troubles started after Barcelona were defeated in an embarrassing fashion in the Champions League by Bayern Munich in which Lionel Messi failed to score.

Messi claimed while granting an interview with GOAL that he was disappointed with the defeat and thought leaving the Camp Nou would be better.

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