The Uruguay worldwide’s transfer to Atletico Madrid was confirmed on Friday after he had been deemed surplus to necessities by the Catalan giants.
Messi, who was compelled to carry out a U-turn earlier this month after Barcelona refused to settle for his switch request, publicly criticised the choice to permit his shut buddy and long-time team-mate to be a part of a rival membership in one other obvious dig at under-fire president Josep Bartomeu.
Koeman, nevertheless, is adamant that Suarez’s destiny was sealed at board degree and is sad at having been portrayed because the villain of the piece.
‘It’s regular for him to be upset in regards to the truth an ideal buddy has left,’ stated Koeman reacting to Messi’s social media outburst. ‘But I’ve no doubts about Messi. I’ve seen him practice.
‘It seemed like I have been the bad guy in this movie and it’s not like that. It was the choice of the membership. I respect Suarez rather a lot and want him all the very best at Atlético Madrid.’
Barcelona have additionally allowed the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal to go away and will now deal with strengthening their squad in what stays of the switch window.
Memphis Depay and Lautaro Martinez are amongst Barcelona’s main targets however for now Koeman will focus solely on the gamers he has at his disposal, together with children Ansu Fati.
‘We’re searching for gamers to enhance the staff,’ he added. ‘But we should additionally perceive the monetary scenario of the membership. Regardless of potential signings, we’ll strive to obtain every part
‘We have superb forwards, however nobody can play three video games in a row. We have high quality to let all of them play.
‘For me, yes, he (Fati) is essential. He’s an ideal expertise. He’s younger and has to study, he’s a participant for the long run nevertheless it’s spectacular that at his age he already has the extent to play within the first staff of Barcelona. It says rather a lot.’
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