What Ronald Koeman told Lionel Messi in private chat after Barcelona return

Ronald Koeman had a private chat with Lionel Messi following his return to Barcelona.

The Argentine shocked the footballing world after he handed in a transfer request at the Nou Camp.

It followed a number of decisions that contributed to his unhappiness.

The first this season started when he told Barca chiefs not to sack Ernesto Valverde, only for them to go ahead with the decision.

Quique Setien came in, only to infuriate the 33-year-old after Los Cules were thrashed in the Champions League when Bayern Munich.

And over the summer, Messi demanded that be able to leave the Catalonian club only to be told by Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu that it was impossible.

The only way he could depart was if someone splashed out €700m on his release clause – which looked improbable at best.

Messi would have had to take Barcelona to court, something the six-time Ballon d'Or winner did not fancy doing so and risk tarnishing his legacy.

And Koeman has looked to build bridges between himself and the Barca talisman as he returned to training.

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According to Mundo Deportivo, the Dutchman told Messi that he was over the moon he was staying.

However, he also warned him he was only interested in players that were fully committed to Barcelona.

Mundo Deportivo also go on to state that Messi pushed himself in training as he wanted to lead by example.

The Argentina international told Koeman he was only interested in bringing back the good times at the Nou Camp.

The former Holland boss has also insisted he did not want to give special treatment to players as he looks to break the player-power mould at Barcelona.

He also has very clear plans in the transfer window, with Luis Suarez looking set to depart for Juventus.

Lyon forward Memphis Depay is being eyed as a replacement while Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum is also linked with a transfer.

Messi trained alone on Monday, as did Philippe Coutinho, as they build their fitness ahead of the start of the La Liga season.

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