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Update 'Not the bad guy': Coach Ronald Koeman hits back on Luis Suarez exit at Barcelona

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is not worried about Lionel Messi’s commitment to the team despite his ongoing conflicts with the club leadership.

Koeman said Saturday that he cared about Messi’s proven efforts on the field — and not his criticisms of the board for stopping him from leaving Barcelona while pushing out teammate and friend Luis Suárez.

“It is normal that a player is sad when a friend leaves,” Koeman said in a conciliatory tone toward Messi, a day after the star forward went to social media to complain that Barcelona’s board had not given Suárez the exit he “deserved.”

“But the most important thing for me is how Leo has trained. He has been an example for the rest in practice and in the (preseason) matches,” Koeman said a day before his official debut as Barcelona’s coach against Villarreal.

Suárez learned of the club’s decision to get rid of him through a call from Koeman, who was hired after the team lost 8-2 to Bayern Munich to end last season. After probing a transfer with Juventus in Italy, Barcelona ended up sending Suárez to Spanish league rival Atlético Madrid on Wednesday.

Koeman, however, made clear that he did not want to be considered solely responsible for the departure of the 33-year-old Suárez, who left Barcelona as its third all-time leading scorer.


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