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Barcelona Boss Ronald Koeman Admits 'Concern' Over Lionel Messi's Contract Situation

Arjun Singh Devgan
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that he is concerned by Lionel Messi's contract situation
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that he is concerned by Lionel Messi's contract situation / Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman has admitted that he is "concerned" with Lionel Messi's contract situation as the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner is a still a free agent, amid reports that the Catalan giants currently cannot afford to offer him a new deal.

Barcelona reportedly have to cut wages by €200million according to LaLiga rules, with the club unable to register their new signings in Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garica - despite signing them for free earlier in the summer.

While their is confidence among the club management that they will solve their financial issues and get a new deal done with Messi, Koeman admitted that the uncertainty at the moment is a cause for concern.

"When everything is not right, you have to be concerned, I have confidence in the president [Joan Laporta] to solve this issue. It is important for the club and for the league that the best player in the world remains. Everyone has to make an effort here," he told reporters.

"Laporta told me to be calm, that they are working on the issue and we are confident that he will be there for a few more years. It is important to know which players you are going to have. We know there is a limit, we are in the pre-season and work is being done, but we already know that it’s like this until the end and we are used to it."

In order to reduce their massive wage bill, the Catalan giants have already sold the likes of Junior Firpo and Jean-Clair Todibo, and are keen to offload the high earners in Samuel Umtiti, Miralem Pjanic and Philippe Coutinho as soon as possible.

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