Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has refused to leave Anton Griezmann this summer because he has been named as Lionel Messi’s immediate successor. The Dutch manager has backed his squad to shine this season despite the departure of the Argentine superstar.
Griezmann was ready to leave the club before Messi’s departure this summer. Barcelona was in high-level talks with Atletico Madrid. About an exchange agreement in which Saul Nguyen was going in the opposite direction, but the move fell into the final stages.
France International became interested in English clubs. Manchester United and Chelsea, But there was no concrete offer. Once the pre-season began, Koeman changed the mind of the Barcelona board about Griezmann’s departure, with whom he is now expected to stay at Camp Nou.
The former Everton manager has revealed that Griezmann will replace Messi at the Barcelona forward line after his side’s 3-0 win over Juventus in the Young Gamper Trophy on Sunday. The 30-year-old started from the right wing, a position usually held by Argentina, against Serie A side.
“It’s important to be the best, but we don’t change our mindset or the way we play,” Coeman said of replacing Messi for the new season. As referenced on AS.
Messi and Barcelona parted ways after 21 years of unbridled success and it was an emotional week not only for the club’s fans but also for the players. Koeman was happy to put his team aside and show that he is good enough in the new season.
“It has been a very emotional day, but we are above all professionals. I have told them that we had to accept the situation, that we could not change it and that we had to show that we are good enough. ۔ “