Lionel Messi: Ronald Koeman slams Angel Di Maria’s ‘disrespectful’ comments about potential PSG transfer

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has accused Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria of being disrespectful for saying he hopes Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi will be a part of the French membership.

Messi is out of contract on the Nou Camp on the finish of the season and questions stay over whether or not he’ll keep or transfer elsewhere.

Barcelona face Paris Saint-Germain in a first-leg round-of-16 tie within the Champions League on February 16.

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“Yes, yes, I hope so,” Di Maria mentioned when requested whether or not Messi may be a part of him in Paris. “There are many possibilities. We have to be calm and things will develop.”

On Di Maria’s comments, Koeman mentioned: “It’s improper to say such issues, particularly as a result of it heats up our Champions League match much more.

“I feel it isn’t honest and it is disrespectful to speak a lot about one participant who remains to be enjoying for Barcelona.

“I think it is disrespectful to talk so much about Leo while he is playing for Barcelona, especially before a Champions League match against them.”

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Lionel Messi is out of contract at Barcelona in the summertime

Barcelona are 10 factors behind top-of-the-table Atletico Madrid in La Liga, whereas Messi performed the total match of their 5-3 win over Granada within the Copa del Rey quarter-final on Wednesday.

Messi tried to go away Barca final summer season by exercising a clause in his contract that he believed entitled him to exit on a free transfer.

However, the membership claimed the clause had expired and Messi reluctantly backed down after Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted he may solely depart if a purchaser paid his €700m (£618m) launch clause.

Koeman urges Barca to sack anybody concerned in Messi leak

Earlier this week, Koeman known as on Barcelona to sack any worker which will have been liable for leaking particulars of Messi’s contract to the press.

On Sunday, Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported that Messi’s four-year contract, signed in 2017, was the most costly ever awarded to an athlete, and acknowledged it has “ruined” Barcelona by inflicting their present monetary disaster.

El Mundo mentioned the Argentine ahead’s deal is value €555m (£492m) and contains mounted incomes and extras that might attain almost €138m (£122m) annually.

Barcelona have denied the leak got here from the membership’s board and have threatened authorized motion in opposition to El Mundo.

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Ronald Koeman known as on Barcelona to sack any worker which will have been liable for leaking particulars of Lionel Messi's contract to the press

Messi put the controversy to 1 aspect and scored his 650th objective for Barcelona of their 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, after which Koeman mentioned: “I don’t understand how anyone could link Messi to Barca’s ruin.

“He has spent years proving his high quality and doing nice issues for this membership, serving to it win many necessary trophies.

“Whoever published this had bad intentions and wanted to cause Barca damage. But we have to be united and focused, we have to forget about whatever has been published.

“Without Leo we could not aspire to win very a lot. We have identified for a really very long time that he’s the perfect participant on this planet, he has performed a lot for this membership and is decisive. We should respect every little thing Messi has performed.

“If this was someone from the club they cannot have a future here.”

An announcement from Barcelona on Sunday learn: “FC Barcelona categorically denies any responsibility for the publication of this document, and will take appropriate legal action against the newspaper El Mundo for any damage that may be caused as a result of this publication.

“FC Barcelona expresses its absolute assist for Lionel Messi, particularly within the face of any try to discredit his picture, and to wreck his relationship with the entity the place he has labored to develop into the perfect participant on this planet and in soccer historical past.”

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