Ronald Koeman has played down Lionel Messi’s reaction to Luis Suarez’s move to Atletico Madrid.
The new Barcelona boss has allowed the striker to leave the club this summer, although he admitted it wasn’t all his own decision.
“It seems as though I’m the bad guy in this film because, behind my call to Luis Suarez, I’ve shown respect towards him as a person and a player,” Koeman said during Saturday’s pre-match press conference.
“I told him that if he stayed it would be difficult for him to play, but that if he stayed he’d be part of the group.
“Before I signed, the club had already made some decisions and I’ve supported those decisions.
“It wasn’t just up to me.”It’s normal that Messi is sad when one of his friends leaves the club.
“Leo has been an example for everyone in training and in matches.
“Not once have I seen him not ready for a season”.