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Ronald Koeman insists there is no row between him and Lionel Messi

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 16/09/2020 Kate Mcgreavy For Mailonline
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Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has revealed that there are no issues between himself and star man Lionel Messi following this summer's transfer saga.

The Argentine superstar told Barcelona, via fax, he wanted to leave the Nou Camp this summer but performed a dramatic u-turn by announcing he would stay at the club this season.

Koeman, who was appointed manager in August following the dismissal of Quique Setien, has disclosed that there is no bad blood between himself and the club's star player.

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'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.'

The 33-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City in the Premier League following his transfer request.

However he confirmed he would remain at Barcelona until the end of the 2020-21 season earlier this month because the club had blocked his transfer by insisting on demanding his astronomical release clause was met.

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'I am going to continue at this club because the president has told me the only way I can leave is if I pay the €700million (£625m) and that is impossible,' he said when deciding to back down.

'The only other way was to go to court and I would never take Barcelona to court because I love the club.

'The president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he did not keep his word.' 

Koeman, who joined on a two-year contract, has a huge task on his hands following a miserable 2019-20 campaign for the Catalan giants.

Barcelona missed out on the LaLiga title to rivals Real Madrid and were humiliated in the Champions League quarter-finals after losing 8-2 by Bayern Munich. 

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