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Champion League: Messi will have no doubts about Barcelona’s future – Koeman

  Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman has sent a message to Lionel Messi over the Argentine’s future following their Champions League exit on Wedn...

 

Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman has sent a message to Lionel Messi over the Argentine’s future following their Champions League exit on Wednesday.

 

Koeman said that his captain will have ‘no doubts’ over what the future holds for the club despite their disappointing Champions League exit in view of the player’s refusal to sign a new contract.

 

Barcelona suffered a 5-2 aggregate defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

 

While the first leg ended 4-1 in Spain, the second reversed tie in France ended 1-1 with Lionel Messi scoring for the visitors and Kylian Mbappe equalising for the home side.

 

Just like Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, the defeat will lead to more speculation over Messi’s future.

 

Messi has until now refused to renew his contract in Camp Nou but his manager, Koeman says the Argentine legend should be in no doubt that the future for the club is ‘great’.

 

Messi was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City and other top European clubs including PSG last summer but Koeman wants to convince the 33-year-old to remain at the La Liga side.

 

“Leo has seen for quite some time that the team is improving, thanks to all the changes we’ve made,’ Koeman told reporters.

 

“Particularly, we have young players of great quality. We’ve got a great future ahead.

 

“Leo can’t have any doubts about what the future holds for this team.”