Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman backed to complete new signings to ‘keep Lionel Messi happy’

Barcelona must make some new signings to keep star forward Lionel Messi happy, according to Spanish football expert and former Tottenham striker Terry Gibson. Messi’s future has been subject of discussion since Barcelona’s emphatic 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final last Friday. Barca have since changed their manager, sacking Quique Setien and replacing him with former Nou Camp defender Ronald Koeman.

Gibson doubts Messi would want to leave Barca, despite reports earlier this week to the contrary.

However, he does not think the arrival of Koeman will be enough to keep the 33-year-old happy.

Miralem Pjanic will join the club from Juventus for the start of next season, but Gibson believes more must be done in the transfer window.

“Even if [Messi] wanted to leave, which I think is doubtful, I don’t think he’d have any choice because I can’t see anybody that’s going to be able to afford him,” Gibson told talkSPORT.

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“It’s €1million-a-week wages, it’s going to be a massive transfer fee.

“He is 33 and I think the club needs to serve him better and I think they need to show guidance off the pitch.


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“Another new manager might be a point in the right direction. Messi knows that Koeman is a Barcelona legend.

“Will that be enough to keep him happy? I think new players is the only way you’re going to be able to keep Lionel Messi happy.”

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Meanwhile, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted Messi wants to stay at the Nou Camp for the remainder of his playing days.

Bartomeu also says Koeman sees Messi as a key part of his squad going into next season.

“[Messi] wants to end his playing career at Barcelona,” Bartomeu told Barca TV.

“Koeman is saying that the pillar of his project is Leo Messi.

“He has a contract until 2021. I talk to him regularly and he knows there’s a project with a new coach here. We’re all disappointed at the moment, but we’re motivated by the new project.

“His father told me that there was a strong disappointment. This is correct, but since Sunday we have to think about the future. It’s about changing the mentality.”

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