Lionel Messi has held urgent talks with newly appointed Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman about his future and the plans to rebuild the team.
The Argentine forward future at the club is not certain after the 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals which led to the sack of Quique Setien and sporting director Eric Abidal.
nd according to Mundo Deportivo, Messi is returning from his family holiday in the La Cerdanya area of the Pyrenees to hear Koeman’s plans for himself.
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.
‘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 an important player you want in your team as a coach.’
Koeman will resume training with the squad at the end of this month ahead of the new season.