In comments carried by Marca, Ronald Koeman, who was speaking at a charity golf tournament this Friday morning in Barcelona, discussed the future of his captain and talisman Lionel Messi.
The Dutchman expressed concern about Messi’s future but insisted he trusted Joan Laporta.
“Whenever an issue isn’t resolved, you have to be concerned,” Koeman said.
“But I have full confidence in our president to fix this issue; it’s very important for the club, but also for La Liga, that the best player in the world remains and we all have to make an effort to ensure he continues with us.”
Laporta is attempting to renew Messi’s contract but is having difficulty due to Barcelona’s financial difficulties. Messi is currently a free agent after his contract with Barcelona expired at the beginning of this month.
The Blaugrana are approximately €200 million over the salary cap imposed by La Liga, and are therefore working hard to clear deadwood and reduce the wage bill.
Messi is currently on international duty with Argentina, preparing for the Copa America final against Brazil on Saturday evening in Rio de Janeiro.
Argentina hasn’t beaten the selecao since 2005 and hasn’t won a title since 1993; additionally, the game will be played at the Maracana, the stadium where Argentina lost the 2014 World Cup final to Germany.