Sport Koeman reveals he visited an unhappy Messi at his mansion for talks
Lionel Messi's half-time tunnel row with referee is caught on camera
Messi argued with referee Carlos del Cerro Grande on the field and, as tunnel cam TV footage from Movistar has revealed, didn't let the debate rest during half-time. 1/4 SLIDES © Provided by Daily Mail Lionel Messi remonstrated with referee Carlos del Cerro Grande at half-time following Clement Lenglet's red card in Thursday night's Barcelona vs Celta Vigo clash 2/4 SLIDES © Provided by Daily Mail Messi, Gerard Pique and manager Ronald Koeman crowded around the official in the tunnel to demand an explanation for the sending off 3/4 SLIDES ©&
Ronald Koeman has revealed he went to Lionel Messi's mansion to hold face-to-face talks with him about his future after being appointed Barcelona boss.
The Argentina star shockingly handed in a transfer request in August following the club's humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, with Manchester City, PSG and Inter Milan all linked with sensational moves for the 33-year-old.
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Didier Deschamps has claimed that Antoine Griezmann has already been left unsettled playing under Ronald Koeman at Barcelona after being forced out wide in the attack. The France international featured on the right side in Barca's 1-1 draw with Sevilla on Sunday, with Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati in supporting roles behind Lionel Messi.It has not proved a one-off, with Griezmann playing in a similar position in the previous clash which saw them beat Celta Vigo 3-0.
But with Barcelona and LaLiga insisting that his £634million (€700m) release clause be met, the Argentine decided against taking legal action - despite believing he should have been allowed to leave for free due to a clause in his contract - and eventually stayed for this season.
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Koeman replaced Quique Setien as Barcelona boss a week before Messi handed in his transfer request at the end of August,, he revealed he was keen to see his star player stay at Camp Nou.
'After signing as coach, I immediately contacted Leo,' the Dutchman said.
'I went to his house and talked to him about his future. His discontent was clear.
'In the end it well and from the moment he indicated he would continue, he has done everything I expect of him.'
Messi's mansion is located just 12 miles away from Barcelona's Camp Nou home in the city's suburb of Castelldefels.
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With Barcelona and LaLiga insisting that Messi's £634m release clause had to met, he stayed with the club and league chief Tebas admitted a hint of relief at what eventually transpired.Barca captain Messi shocked the world in August when he handed in a transfer request, with Manchester City, PSG and Inter Milan all linked with a stunning move for the 33-year-old.
The Barcelona star has a small football pitch, a swimming pool, an indoor gym and a playground for his three children as part of his enormous property.
Koeman's comments come after the former Netherlands boss told Messi that his close friend and former team-mate Luis Suarez's move to Atletico Madrid was not his call.
The 33-year-old striker was told he was no longer needed in the summer and went on to join Diego Simeone's side for £5m after a potential move to Juventus broke down.
Messi was particularly critical of Barcelona's handling of Suarez's departure but Koeman revealed he has discussed the matter with him.
'If you have someone in the locker room with whom you and your wife and children also hang out outside football, then such a reaction makes sense,' Koeman added.
'I also said that to Messi: "I understand that you are disappointed and think it is a terrible shame that he is leaving, but these are choices of the club".'
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Suarez meanwhile has claimed Barcelona forced him out of the club because of his close relationship with Messi.
'I think they wanted to remove me from Messi's side. Maybe it annoyed them that I had a good relationship with Leo,' Suarez told ESPN.
'Perhaps they didn't want him to be with me so much. I can't find any reason to think that would damage the team, though.
'We looked for each other constantly on the pitch, but for the good of the team. Maybe they wanted him to play with more team-mates.
'That could have something to do with it. I can't find any other reason to want to separate us because we got on well on the pitch.'
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Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman discussed his team's victory over Hungarian visitors Ferencvaros at Camp Nou.Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele were all on target for Barca, who made a winning start in Group G on Tuesday, while Gerard Pique was sent off in the second half.