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Ronald Koeman Rues Lionel Messi's Departure But Admits Barcelona are "Excited About This Season"

Koeman admitted Barca are looking forward to the new season
Koeman admitted Barca are looking forward to the new season / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has insisted his side are "excited" for the 2021-22 season, despite parting ways with Lionel Messi last week.

The club announced that the Argentine would be leaving the club after it became clear they had no way of registering him ahead of the new season. The LaLiga giants are also struggling to find a way to register new signings Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, and Memphis Depay, but Koeman has claimed that the team is looking forward to the new campaign.

Speaking ahead of the Gamper Trophy encounter with Juventus, Koeman told the fans: “Despite the farewell of Messi, we are very excited about this season. We are convinced that we will give you many joys this season. The youngsters are the future of this great club. It has been very hard to play a whole year without an audience, we are delighted to see you again.”

The club announced that Sergio Busquets would take over from Messi as captain, and the midfielder admitted he is excited for the challenge. “It is a pride to be the captain,” the midfielder said. “It’s an honor to be the captain of the world team in the world. I had great examples, like Puyol, Xavi, Anders, Leo ... did the job.

"Thank you, Leo, for taking Barcelona to the top of everything and for being the best in the world. We will miss you so much. We wish you all the best. Thank you so much Leo.”