Lionel Messi has been a model captain for Barcelona since shelving his plans to push for a move away from the club, says Ronald Koeman.

The mercurial Argentine expressed a desire to leave Camp Nou after enduring a frustrating end to the 2019-20 campaign.

With Barca reluctant to part with a talismanic figure, Messi later revealed to Goal that he will be honouring a contract through to the summer of 2021.

There is still a chance that he will enter into discussions with suitors in January, as he continues to weigh up his options, but for now the 33-year-old is committed to the cause in Catalunya.

Koeman claims to have been offered no indication that Messi’s mind is elsewhere, with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner proving to be as important to the collective cause as he has ever been.

“From day one, Leo has trained and played well and has given the maximum for the club, for his team and for his team-mates and I have had no complaints about him on any day,” Koeman told reporters ahead of a La Liga clash with Sevilla on Sunday. Continue reading

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