Earlier this week, Tusquets argued Barcelona would have been better off selling Messi when he asked to leave in the summer.
Comments from inside the club are bothering Ronald Koeman
Carles Tusquets, managing board president who currently in charge of Barcelona, clarified his comments on the selling of Lionel Messi. Earlier this week, Tusquets argued Barcelona would have been better off selling Messi when he asked to leave in the summer. Former President Josep Maria Bartomeu blocked any exit for the Argentine at that time. Ronald Koeman didn’t seem to be particularly pleased with these comments from Tusquets when asked about them on Friday. “Comments from outside the club do not interest me. But comments from inside the club do not help us have the peace of mind we need,” said the Barcelona head coach ahead of facing Cadiz. Tusquets, however, decided to reassure Koeman that, speaking of Messi’s position at the Camp Nou, he said only on economic terms.
“I didn’t say I would sell Messi; I said that financially, his departure would be good for the club,” Tusquets told reporters. “We would be better off because we said that his salary is the highest in the world. Nothing could be truer. But I am nobody, his decision and the governing council cannot make these decisions. If necessary, I will tell Koeman that he misunderstood what I said. I was doing the maths. What Messi generates for the club makes up for the cost of his contract, but Barcelona doesn’t depend on one person.”