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Mido believes new manager Ronald Koeman wants Lionel Messi to leave FC Barcelona this season

Mido believes new manager Ronald Koeman wants Lionel Messi to leave FC Barcelona this season

After a depressing performance this season, FC Barcelona opted for a new coach. And since the joining of new manager Ronald Koeman, the transfer speculation of Argentine football legend Lionel Messi was at its peak. However, the manager previously expressed his wish that he needs the legend to remain on the Catalan side.

The whole world stood still after the Argentine talisman expressed his wish to leave the club in front of the Barcelona board. And since then, several clubs all over the world are now reportedly in a transfer talk with him. Premier League side Manchester City and French Ligue 1 side PSG is the forerunner of that transfer links.

Mido believes new manager Ronald Koeman wants Lionel Messi to leave FC Barcelona this season

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However, while talking about the possible exit of Lionel Messi this season, Mido recently told Elwatan Sport, “Koeman is one of the best coaches I have trained with and he has a very strong character, but he is going to face many difficulties if Messi stays.” He said, “The best thing that could happen to Koeman is the potential departure of Messi.”

The former Egyptian international said, “Koeman won’t be able to build his empire with Messi existing in the dressing room.” The ex-footballer said, “Koeman was my coach for two-and-a-half years and no matter how much time goes by, he is still unable to handle players with strong characters and he doesn’t want a player who has an opinion.”

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Recently Hristo Stoichkov told TUDN, “We’re erasing a myth, we’re giving the best player in Barcelona’s history a kick up the backside.” The former Barcelona striker then added, “We’re staining his name, his charisma. I’m a member, so that’s why I’m saying we’re staining it.” He also added, “This board has ruined everything. It seems as though they want to pit the fans against the players.”

The star said, “I won successive league titles, the club’s first European Cup – I don’t know how to repay the love from the fans. But this board doesn’t show its face. It pays journalists to add fuel to the flames. As a club, it’s pitiful.” He added, “I don’t know why we, the players who have made history at Barcelona, are always shown the back door.”

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