Josep Maria Bartomeu of Barcelona insistently said he could not allow Lionel Messi to leave the club.
The Camp Nou bosses were under fire in the way in which the situation that led to Messi leaving the Catalunya giants.
The La-Liga Superstar, Messi, handed in a transfer request in August, but it was rejected by the club’s president.
In an exclusive interview with Goal, Messi ultimately decided to stay at Camp Nou this season but did hit out at Bartomeu for breaking his word and not allowing him to leave as promised.
The embattled club chief, however believes he simply could not allow their most treasured and best player of all time to leave and is hopeful he can still prove the difference for the new boss Koeman.
In his interview with the Catalan television network TV3, he said;
“I won’t get into any conflict with him. He is our captain and the leader of our team. I couldn’t let him leave the club, he is the best player of all time and the team needs him. Having Messi is a guarantee of success.
“We have seen him do his talking on the pitch and we have moved on from the saga. We should congratulate ourselves for getting Messi to stay with us and for how he has behaved in the last few days. The best player in the world should stay at our home.”
He also added that, “The board and I will keep working to ensure we have the most competitive team possible, we will speak again after validating the votes but right now no-one wants to quit. The club won’t stop and we will keep working, we have lots of issues to sort out.”
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