Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi cut short his holiday to meet with the new coach Roland Koeman to discuss strategies on rebuilding the crisis ridden club.
Messi’s future in the Spanish club is uncertain as there are rumours of his planned exit to either Inter Milan or Manchester City in the wake of the 8-2 brutal defeat to German side Bayern Munich.
Upon his unveiling as Barcelona manager, Koeman admitted he could have to convince Messi that his future remains with the club where has spent his entire career so far. He was quoted to have said:
“I don’t know if I have to convince Messi (to stay),’ he said. ‘He is the best player in the world, and you always want to have him in your team.
“On my part, as a coach, I love working with Messi because he wins games. If he performs, I’ll be happy if he wants to stay.
“Starting today, I’ll talk to him. We are going to work and talk with several players. In the case of Messi, hopefully he will continue here for more years.
“If I say here what I am going to say, it would not be necessary for me to meet with him. I am the coach in order to make decisions.
“Once again, he has a year left on his contract. He is the important player you want in your team as a coach.”