- Ronald Koeman was appointed as Barcelona manager in the summer
- The 57-year-old replaced Quique Setien who only lasted eight months as the Catalans boss
- Koeman has now revealed he reached out to Messi after he was confirmed the new manager
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Ronald Koeman has revealed that he paid Lionel Messi a visit to his mansion after being confirmed as the new Barcelona manager.
The Dutchman got started on a wrong footing with the 33-year-old after the Argentine tried forcing his way out of the Catalan club.
Koeman was said to have informed the six-time Ballon d'Or winner that his privileges had been taken away and the discussion greatly angered the forward.
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After settling down at the club, the former Netherlands boss told news platform NOS:
"After signing as a coach, I immediately contacted Leo.
"I went to his house and talked to him about his future. His discontent was clear. In the end it well and from the moment he indicated he would continue, he has done everything I expect of him."
SunSport reports that Messi's mansion is about 12 miles away from Nou Camp in the exclusive suburb of Castelldefels. The facility has a football pitch, a swimming pool, an indoor and a playground for the kids.
Messi was also dissatisfied with Barca over their treatment towards his close pal Luis Suarez who is now on the payroll of Atletico Madrid.
The Uruguay forward was convinced that the club forced him out due to his friendship with Messi, but Koeman revealed otherwise. He said:
"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.
"He trained normally, trained well. He finally made the reason to leave and I said: 'If you don't leave, for whatever reason, then you are just one of the group, then you can prove that I was wrong'. "He could have stayed, yes."
Suarez reached legendary status at the Catalan club after scoring 198 goals to become their third all-time highest goals scorer in history.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has confessed that Georginio Wijnaldum was part of his targets when he newly arrived at Camp Nou.
The Dutchman replaced Quique Setien earlier in the summer as the Catalans hope to rebuild their squad after their humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich last term.
Barca already completed the signing of Sergino Dest, Trincao, Miralem Pjianic and a few others during the summer window.
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