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Koeman pleads with Messi to stay despite Champions League elimination.

Ronald Koeman is pleading with Lionel Messi to stay at Barcelona assuring the 33 years Argentina International that he can have “no doubt about the future of the team.”

Messi’s contract at Nou Camp ends this summer and there is a lot of speculation regarding his stay at Barcelona. The player’s reunion with his former coach Pep Guardiola last summer failed to materialize.

Manchester City are ready to revive their interest at the end of the season although it is reported that City would prefer Haaland over Messi.

Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of PSG putting the clubs’ hope of keeping Messi in jeopardy. 

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Koeman believes the quality of upcoming youngsters is a factor that can keep Messi tied at Nou Camp. The likes of Frankie de Jong, Riqui Puig, Pedri, and Sergio Dest are the quality of youngsters that spell successiful years ahead.

With more signings of the likes of Aguero, David Alaba, and David Garcia at stake, Joan Laporta is seen as a crucial factor that can convince the forward to stay.

Koeman said: 

“In general, Leo has seen that the team is getting better and better. With the changes we’ve made, bringing in young players, Messi can have no doubts about the future of this team.

“[Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo out of Champions League?] I don’t know if Leo will be annoyed. It’s a shame because they are two great players, but you have to accept it. As for Leo’s future, it’s up to him to decide. Nobody can help him. He has seen for a long time that there is a lot of promise in this team. That’s not going to be an argument for him not to stay.”

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