Barcelona star Lionel Messi unhappy with Ronald Koeman decision – just like Quique Setien

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is unconvinced by the club’s decision to hire Ronald Koeman as their new manager, reports say. The Dutchman was recently named as Quique Setien’s replacement at the Nou Camp. But it appears Messi isn’t happy with the appointment and, with Manchester City eyeing his signature, could be tempted to leave.

Barcelona only hired Setien back in January, with the 61-year-old replacing the popular Ernesto Valverde following their Spanish Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid.

However, the former Real Betis boss has lost his job at the Nou Camp following a disastrous spell in charge.

Barcelona missed out on the La Liga title under Setien and were recently embarrassed by Bayern Munich, who beat them 8-2 in their Champions League quarter-final.

Now, they’ve hired Koeman in the hope the Dutchman can steer them back to the top of the Spanish and European game.

Yet OkDiario claim Messi is unconvinced by Barcelona’s decision to name the 57-year-old as manager.

Koeman is respected as a coach but his CV includes Everton, Southampton, Feyenoord, Valencia, PSV, Benfica and Ajax. For Messi, that doesn’t appear to be good enough.

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The Barcelona star also feels Koeman’s style doesn’t suit the club.

And he feels similar to how he did when Setien was appointed, with Messi unhappy with the sacking of Valverde in the first place.

Whether this leads to the 33-year-old leaving the Nou Camp remains to be seen, with Manchester City determined to snap him up.

But Messi’s anger at Barcelona is rising and he’s said to be particularly furious with Josep Maria Bartomeu, the club’s president.

Bartomeu has overseen some dire decisions at the club during his tenure, from appointing Setien to blowing big money on the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.

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But, speaking recently, he insisted Messi would stay put.

“Who’s not for sale?” he said.

“Leo Messi… he knows that. He’s the best player in the world.

“We’d also be talking about [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen, [Nelson] Semedo, [Frenkie] de Jong, [Clement] Lenglet, [Ousmane] Dembele… [Antoine] Griezmann too.”

Bartomeu also revealed that Koeman had made it clear that Messi would be a vital part of his Barcelona project, despite City links.

He added: “Messi wants to end his career at Barca.

“I regularly speak to him and his father. He’s part of our project.

“Koeman will be the new manager and he told me that Messi is a key player for our new project.”

Koeman spent six years at Barcelona during his playing days, winning four La Liga titles during that spell.

He was also part of the side that won the Champions League under Johan Cruff, scoring the winner in the 1-0 victory over Sampdoria in the final. 

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