Ronald Koeman sounded pretty furious about Lionel Messi’s contract being leaked when talking to reporters after Barcelona’s win over Athletic Club.
Messi and Antoine Griezmann were both on target at the Camp Nou for the Catalan giants to secure a result that moves the team into second place in the table.
Koeman spoke about the report from El Mundo after the game and made his feelings about the issue crystal clear.
“What came out in the press today was with malicious intent and wanting to do damage to a player that has done so much for Spanish football and for this club,” he said.
“We have to try and find out how Messi’s contract’s come out in the press. They are things that cannot come out. There are people that want to do us damage.
“If the leak is from within the club, that’s very bad. We have to help the players, the coaches to win games. If someone from inside the club has leaked it, they cannot have a future at the club.
“I don’t understand why they say he’s ruined Barca ... He’s spent years and years showing his quality as a footballer. We have to highlight what he’s done for this club. He’s helped make this club great and we have to stop with all this contract nonsense.
Source | Sport
Barcelona have already announced they plan to take legal action against El Mundo, while reports have suggested that Messi may do the same.
The captain certainly didn’t seem to be affected by all the talk about his contract. He brought up his 650th goal in style with a brilliant free-kick and put in a strong showing in a good win for the team.