Antoine Griezmann has hinted at displeasure with his role at Barcelona under Ronald Koeman but the new head coach will not cave in.

During the international break France boss Didier Deschamps questioned Koeman's decision to deploy Griezmann on the right wing of a 4-2-3-1 during Barca's first three LaLiga games of 2020-21.

The 29-year-old has registered just one shot on target for the club this season and is yet to create a single chance for a team-mate.

After playing behind a front two of Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe in France's 2-1 win over Croatia on Wednesday, Griezmann told TF1: "The coach knows where to put me."

Koeman told reporters at a news conference to preview Saturday's meeting with Getafe that Griezmann must focus on producing his best display wherever he is used.

"Everyone has the right to say what they want. I spoke to him yesterday, but not because of what he said. We talked about his position and his performance," said Koeman on Friday.

"I seek what's best for the team, and if I think that he's better on the right wing with more freedom, that's it.

"He can also play as a number 10 or a nine, but in the end I decide for the good of the team and every player must give their maximum performance for the team."

Asked how Griezmann can improve, Koeman said: "He is doing all he can, which is to work hard, to be disciplined and have some luck. There were four or five attacks in which he had to do better.

"When I was Netherlands coach and we played France, he played on the right. No further discussion is needed on this topic. The coach is in charge and must get the most out of the players.

"I have no problem with Antoine. I never play anyone in a position they can't play. If there's another position that you like, well, we cannot play with 10 players in the number 10 position."

With a Champions League game against Ferencvaros and the first Clasico of the season against LaLiga champions Real Madrid to come next week, Koeman does not intend to use the Getafe game to rest Lionel Messi.

Messi played 180 minutes – including 90 at an altitude of 3,650 metres in La Paz – as Argentina began their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with wins over Ecuador and Bolivia.

"It always depends on the player. I ask how they are, if they are tired. This afternoon we have our last training session and we will decide the team for tomorrow," said Koeman.

"He is a player who if he does not play is more tired. He's a winner who always wants to play, but I want to talk with him and the others and see how they are physically.

"He has been playing a very tight schedule for many years. If there is a medical issue or fatigue it is different, but he is capable of playing the next important games that lie ahead."

First-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is yet to feature this season after undergoing surgery on his knee and was reportedly aiming to return in time for El Clasico.

However, Koeman does not expect Ter Stegen to be ready for the meeting with Madrid.

"Since Tuesday, he has been training on the pitches and everything is going well for now," said Koeman.

"I don't think he'll be ready for the Clasico. There is no need to set a date. He is a great goalkeeper but we are calm. We are happy with Neto's work."

Ronald Koeman will have been under no illusion that a "clean" was in order during a season of transition at Barcelona, according to Gaizka Mendieta.

Barca great Koeman departed his role as Netherlands coach to return to Camp Nou and pick up the pieces left from the short Quique Setien era, which ended in a dismal 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League in August.

It has been a baptism of fire for Koeman as he had to endure an ugly transfer saga involving Lionel Messi, who opted to stay but aired displeasure at the departure of Luis Suarez – Barca's third-highest ever goalscorer – to LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid.

Arturo Vidal, another Messi ally, headed for the exit door as well, as did Ivan Rakitic, with Koeman overseeing the beginning of a period of change.

Koeman has made a promising start in tough circumstances, taking seven points from a possible nine to start the new season.

Former Spain star Mendieta, who spent the 2002-03 campaign at Barca, has been impressed so far.

"There will always be critics when you are in any club and especially in a big club because the impact will always be bigger," Mendieta told Stats Perform.

Speaking at the launch of Player 4 Player, a consultancy in which he is a leading figure, Mendieta said Koeman had to be forthright from the moment he arrived.

"I believe he already knew when he signed for Barca what he had to go through - a transition season where he had to communicate some players about their futures and he had to do a kind of clean," Mendieta said.

"It doesn't make it easier, but at least you know what you are going through when you arrive.

"And on the other side, I think he is doing good. Obviously when you win everything it is easier in football.

"But overall from the outside - it is true that we are speaking on our feelings from the outside - it looks like the team has dealt well with his ideas and the relationship between him and the team works.

"It is always important in any team, and especially in a big team like Barcelona. And it looks like it does work so far."

Antoine Griezmann says Didier Deschamps knows exactly where to play him after the Barcelona forward played a pivotal role in France's hard-fought win over Croatia. 

Griezmann scored a superb eighth-minute goal, his third international strike of 2020, as Les Bleus prevailed 2-1 in Zagreb. 

The former Atletico Madrid player was deployed in a central position as he worked alongside Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe, who netted a late winner after Nikola Vlasic's equaliser.  

While he impressed for France, Griezmann has yet to find form under new Barca boss Ronald Koeman. Playing predominantly on the right flank, the 29-year-old has failed to score or even create a chance in his three LaLiga appearances in 2020-21.

However, he put any club issues to the back of his mind to help his country come out on top in the Nations League clash on Wednesday.

"The coach knows where to put me," Griezmann said of Deschamps in an interview with TF1. "I take advantage of this situation, of this place, of the confidence of the coach and my team-mates. 

"It was a complicated match, not very beautiful to see, not very beautiful to play, on a difficult ground. We knew how to suffer, the most important is to win and show that we are strong."

France's victory keeps them level on points with Group A3 leaders Portugal, the two nations having drawn 0-0 on Sunday. 

"It was difficult for everyone. We knew we were going to have a battle," Deschamps told TF1. 

"We did the right thing in the second half. This team has always had character. Just because you won a title in 2018 doesn't mean you win with a snap of your fingers.  

"If we didn't manage to score against Portugal, it's also because the opposition was good. We had great opposition today even if we had an excellent start to the match."

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets says he could talk for "five or six hours" about the turbulence at the club. 

LaLiga giants Barca have been engulfed in drama for much of 2020, following Lionel Messi's public declaration that he wanted to leave the club, Luis Suarez's contentious departure to Atletico Madrid and the appointment of Ronald Koeman as new head coach following Quique Setien's dismissal in the wake of an 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.

Messi ultimately remained at Camp Nou after it became clear he would be unable to exercise a get-out clause in his contract, while Koeman refuted Suarez's claim that he was forced out of the club. 

Busquets – currently on international duty with Spain – holds strong views on the state of his club but suggested it would take a significant amount of time to discuss them all. 

"One thing is what happens outside, which is not the best moment of the club," he told a media conference ahead of Spain's Nations League clash with Ukraine. "And another what happens in the field, which was not our best year and it shows at an individual and collective level. 

"If I stopped to give my opinion carefully, it could be five or six hours. 

"On the field it was not our best year. Football is a team sport and if you are not well collectively, you will not be individually. But it has already happened and we have a new opportunity. Things have changed and we hope it will get better."

Busquets started Spain's 0-0 friendly draw with Portugal on Wednesday and their 1-0 Nations League win over Switzerland three days later to take him to 119 caps since his debut in 2008.

He is seventh on Spain's all-time most capped list but sits a whopping 55 behind record holder Sergio Ramos, who is the only player in the current squad to have played more international games than him. 

The 32-year-old has dismissed following Barca team-mate Gerard Pique into international retirement, though, and says he hopes to remain part of the Spain squad for the foreseeable future. 

"I focus on going season to season," he added. "It is clear that I am no longer 20-years-old and I cannot look much into the future. I feel fine.

"It depends on each situation of each player. A new but peculiar season has begun. I hope I can last a long time in the national team."

Ronald Koeman felt Lionel Messi's angry response to Luis Suarez's Barcelona exit made "sense", but insists the Uruguay striker left of his own accord.

The turbulence at Barca became arguably the biggest saga of the pre-season anywhere in European football, with Messi attempting to force an exit after Suarez had been put up for sale, and Koeman replacing Quique Setien in the wake of their 8-2 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich.

While Messi ultimately accepted that leaving was an impossibility despite being convinced a get-out clause in his contract was still valid, Suarez was sold to Atletico Madrid for just €6million.

Suarez's exit coincided with his close friend Messi posting an emotional farewell message on his official Instagram account in which he publicly slammed Barca's treatment of the former Liverpool striker.

And although Koeman said the outburst was understandable, he was keen to stress that no one forced Suarez out.

"If you have someone in the locker room whom you and your wife and children also hang out with outside football, then such a reaction makes sense," Koeman told NOS.

"I said that to Messi too: I understand that you are disappointed and think it is a terrible shame that he is leaving, but these are choices of the club.

"In the case of Suarez, it had become very difficult for him to play, and I made that known to him honestly.

"He found that difficult, but I never had any trouble with him at all. He just trained, trained well.

"In the end he made the choice to leave. And I did also say that, if you don't leave, for whatever reason, then you're just one of the group, then you prove me wrong.

"He could have stayed, yes."

Explaining the club's decision to plan for life without Suarez, Koeman put it down to a desire to start a new era and give young players more of an opportunity.

"I'm good with Luis, but the club felt that we had to rejuvenate," he added. "You can see that now in the team.

"Ansu Fati plays, he is 17 years old. We have Pedri, 17 years old, who gets his chances. Ronald Araujo is 21. [Francisco] Trincao comes in a lot and is 20 years old, and we have taken Sergino Dest, who is 19. Those are all players for the future."

As for Messi, Koeman is adamant the six-time Ballon d'Or winner's behaviour has been befitting that of his role as captain since opting to remain at the club.

"After signing here as the coach, I immediately contacted Leo," Koeman continued. "I went to his home and talked to him about his future.

"He was clear about his dissatisfaction. In the end it worked out well and from the moment he indicated [that he is staying], he has done everything I expect from him."

Ronald Koeman concedes Barcelona's financial situation restricted his movement in the transfer market as deadline day passed without any further incomings at Los Cules.

The likes of Arthur, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Luis Suarez departed Camp Nou during the window, while Barca brought in Miralem Pjanic and Sergino Dest, and youngsters Trincao, Pedri and Matheus Fernandes also signed on.

Lyon forward Memphis Depay was among those linked with a late switch to Barca, the Netherlands international thought to have been keen on a reunion with Koeman.

However, with Barca having announced €97million in losses and a decrease of €203m in revenue – factors blamed on the coronavirus pandemic – no further reinforcements were brought in.

"The squad is okay, I'm happy with the squad I have," Koeman told Barca TV. 

"We have tried to improve the squad and in some positions we could, in some others we couldn't. That was because of the financial situation of the club, so we have to accept it and keep working."

Ansu Fati's early-season performances have been a major plus, with the 17-year-old scoring three goals in as many LaLiga games.

The exciting forward has also made the breakthrough into Spain's full national team and Koeman knows he has a special talent on his hands.

"So far, his performance has been the best possible. We are talking about a 17-year-old player," he added. 

"At that age to play three games in a row at such a high level means he is very good, a great talent. 

"Of course he still has a lot to learn, but he is a boy eager to keep learning, he trains every day to improve, so we are here to help him out. 

"Now he is with the national team. Right now, there is nobody in the world who is 17 years old to play in such a high-level national team as Spain are."

Rafinha has joined reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona.

The 27-year-old made 29 appearances on loan at Celta Vigo last season after winning four LaLiga titles at Camp Nou.

The midfielder's contract was due to expire next summer and he had not made an appearance under new Barca coach Ronald Koeman this season.

Brazil international Rafinha is the brother of recent Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara and came through the Catalans' youth system to make his senior debut in 2014.

He was an unused sub as Barca lifted the 2015 Champions League title and he had further loan spells at Celta in 2013-14 and Inter Milan in 2017-18.

Thomas Tuchel's PSG side have also added Moise Kean on loan from Everton and Danilo Pereira from Porto in the finals days of the transfer window.

Barcelona have revealed Jordi Alba suffered a right thigh injury in the 1-1 draw with Sevilla, though it is unclear how long the defender will be sidelined.

The left-back, who has started all three games under new coach Ronald Koeman, had to be substituted in the 75th minute of Sunday's LaLiga game at Camp Nou.

Following tests on Monday, Barca confirmed the issue for Alba, who will be "unavailable for selection until otherwise noted".

The 31-year-old will be aided by the international break in his recovery, as he has not played for Spain since a 2-1 win over Romania in September 2019.

"The tests carried out this morning have confirmed that Jordi Alba has a muscle injury in the hamstrings of his right leg," a statement from Barcelona read.

"He is unavailable for selection until otherwise noted, and the evolution of the injury will condition the player's availability."

Alba was replaced by Sergino Dest, who became the first American to play in an official game for Barcelona following his arrival from Ajax.

The teenager was unable to help his new team secure victory in the closing stages, though the result - and the absence of fans at the famous stadium - could not spoil the occasion.

"This is the stadium of my dreams, the biggest in Europe," Dest told the club's website.

"Unfortunately, because of the coronavirus, there's no public. But it's very nice."

Barca are next in action away at Getafe in LaLiga, followed quickly by a Champions League group game against Ferencvaros.

Ronald Koeman is not sure where Ousmane Dembele will be playing when the transfer window closes as the Barcelona forward continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United.

Dembele has reportedly emerged as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho for Premier League giants United, who are determined to bolster their squad before Monday's deadline.

After watching Barca's 3-0 win over Celta Vigo from the stands, Dembele was once again an unused substitute in Sunday's 1-1 LaLiga draw at home to Sevilla.

Barca head coach Koeman was asked about Dembele post-match and he said: "What is certain in the world? I don't know.

"At the moment, he's a Barcelona player. There's still one day left for incomings and outgoings. We'll see.

"I opted for [Francisco] Trinao, Pedri and [Miralem] Pjanic [off the bench].

"We needed more control and that's why I made these changes."

Barca's 100 per cent start to the season was ended by Sevilla following a draw at Camp Nou, where Luuk de Jong and Philippe Coutinho traded goals.

De Jong opened the scoring for Sevilla in the eighth minute, but Barca star Coutinho restored parity just two minutes later.

Barca and Sevilla both have seven points from their opening three matches, three points adrift of leaders and champions Real Madrid.

"It was a difficult game," Koeman said. "They pressed us well. Our problem was that our play with the ball wasn't how we would like.

"They play good football, they press well and physically they're stronger than us. They're a top team.

"I think we played well, but we lost the ball a lot in the second half, so it's difficult to get into a rhythm in the game.

"I'm happy with the team's performance. The team was tired, but we fought until the end. But [we played against] a great opponent."

Antoine Griezmann produced another underwhelming display and he was the first player withdrawn by Koeman just past the hour-mark, like he was against Celta.

"The change the other day [against Celta Vigo] was tactical," Koeman added. "With Ansu [Fati] we had more penetration and pace - something we needed in Vigo with 10 men.

"Today, [Griezmann] had two opportunities [to score] and, for a player of his quality, he should've scored either of those two chances."

Ronald Koeman says Ousmane Dembele must decide his own future amid talk of a possible move to Manchester United from Barcelona.

United are said to be interested in signing the France international on loan, having been frustrated in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

Koeman left Dembele out of the starting line-up for Thursday's 3-0 win at Celta Vigo and chose to bring on Pedri, Francisco Trincao and Ronald Araujo as attacking reinforcements off the bench.

With Monday's transfer deadline looming, Koeman suggested Dembele could leave if he wants to pursue more regular football.

"I can't say much more on this topic," he told reporters on Saturday.

"I always try to bring the maximum performance out of the team and, if there are changes, it's for a reason.

"If Pedri has come on in the last two games, it's because of his work in training. The other day, Trincao and Pedri came on because they deserved to.

"I haven't spoken with him about his future. Everything depends on the player. I haven't spoken with him on his future, but there are a couple of days left before the market closes.

"We have a lot of competition in attack. There's a lot of quality and there is Ansu [Fati], Konrad [de la Fuente], Dembele, [Antoine] Griezmann and many more in his position. There's competition. Ansu Fati is ahead of Dembele.

"I want to have a happy squad. He might be annoyed for not playing - that's perfect - but if he doesn't want to be here, he has to tell me.

"I will count on him and he will have chances to play if there's nothing, if there are no movements."

Koeman also confirmed he would like to bring in Eric Garcia from Manchester City before the deadline.

Garcia refused the offer of a new contract at the Etihad Stadium and will be free to leave for nothing next year.

Manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday that there was no agreement between City and Barca but that he was not sure whether the centre-back would be staying in England for now.

"It's true we want to have this player here because we only have three or four centre-backs, but I can't say anything more," said Koeman.

"I've also seen Pep's comments from City, there is interest, but I don't know if we'll be able to get him."

Frank de Boer has named his first squad as Netherlands head coach following his appointment last month, with Daley Blind among those recalled.

Former Ajax, Inter and Atlanta United coach De Boer was named Ronald Koeman's replacement after his departure for Barcelona, taking the reins from interim boss Dwight Lodeweges.

The Oranje play Mexico in a friendly on October 7 and then have Nations League meetings against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italy.

De Boer claimed at his presentation as coach tthat his group is more talented than Netherlands' 2010 World Cup finalists - when he was on the staff - and he has opted against widescale changes.

Blind is back, though, after being left out in September following a health scare.

The centre-back, who was last year fitted with a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator after being diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation, collapsed in an Ajax friendly in pre-season.

Blind subsequently declared he was "feeling fine", however, and has gone on to start each of Ajax's opening three Eredivisie wins.

Steven Berghuis and Donyell Malen have also returned to the fold, while there is a first senior call-up for AZ captain Teun Koopmeiners.

The Leeds United-linked midfielder made the preliminary squad under Lodeweges but has only now made the final selection.

Perr Schuurs was a new name last month but is not in the latest squad, nor is Leroy Fer.


Netherlands squad in full:

Jasper Cillessen (Valencia), Marco Bizot (AZ), Tim Krul (Norwich City); Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Denzel Dumfries (PSV), Nathan Ake (Manchester City), Hans Hateboer (Atalanta), Daley Blind (Ajax), Joel Veltman (Brighton and Hove Albion), Stefan de Vrij (Inter), Owen Wijndal (AZ); Donny van de Beek (Ajax), Mohamed Ihattaren (PSV), Teun Koopmeiners (AZ), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Kevin Strootman (Marseille), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool); Luuk de Jong (Sevilla), Quincy Promes (Ajax), Ryan Babel (Galatasaray), Memphis Depay (Lyon), Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham), Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Donyell Malen (PSV).

Ronald Koeman said Pedri and Francisco Trincao are more decisive than Ousmane Dembele as the Barcelona head coach explained the rumoured Manchester United target's place on the bench against Celta Vigo.

Dembele – linked with Premier League giants United – was an unused substitute in 10-man Barca's 3-0 LaLiga victory at Celta on Thursday.

The France international has emerged as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, with United reportedly eyeing a loan deal before the transfer window closes.

Asked about Dembele's absence, Dutchman Koeman cited tactical reasons post-match.

"If I think about not choosing a player, you have to think about the game," Koeman told reporters.

"We went ahead with the opening goal and we had players on the bench in Pedri and Trincao who can bring more than Dembele can, to be decisive, to make changes in that sense."

Ansu Fati made it three goals in two games, while a Lucas Olaza own goal and Sergi Roberto's stoppage-time strike ensured Barca defeated Celta.

Barca were already one goal ahead via Fati's 11th-minute opener when defender Clement Lenglet was sent off for a second bookable offence three minutes before half-time.

The LaLiga powerhouse secured back-to-back wins to start the season after Celta defender Olaza turned the ball into his own net and Roberto added a third goal at the death.

Koeman, who replaced Quique Setien following a tumultuous season which saw Barca dethroned by Real Madrid in LaLiga and humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, added: "I can only speak about this season, I can't say about what happened last season. What I've seen since my first day is that these players are hungry.

"They're not willing to give in after a season like that. They're working a lot, these players are training hard with more intensity. I think it's important, the way that we're training and that's been shown today until the last second with one player down away from home. I think you can notice it in all the details across the pitch.

"I think like any coach you need time, but I think the team are much better than everyone would have thought before. There have been some difficult games and we have six points.

"We've scored seven goals and haven't conceded one. I think those statistics show we're growing and of course there are always things to improve on. But we've worked really hard for these matches and I'm really happy."

Ronald Koeman felt Clement Lenglet was unfortunate to be sent off in Barcelona's 3-0 win at Celta Vigo but was full of praise for the way his side coped with being a man down.

Lenglet was shown a second yellow card late in the first half after referee Carlos del Cerro Grande felt the defender impeded Denis Suarez with his arm.

Barca were one goal up at the time courtesy of Ansu Fati's strike and went on to make it two LaLiga wins out of two, Lucas Olaza scoring an own goal after brilliant work from Lionel Messi and Sergi Roberto adding a third in stoppage time.

Koeman had sympathy for Lenglet, yet felt it was more important to discuss the character shown by the Blaugrana on a wet and windy Thursday at Balaidos.

"You can debate whether it was a yellow or not," the Barca boss is quoted as saying by Marca. "It was a tough punishment. It's difficult being a referee. It's a decision we don't have to discuss.

"It was more important to talk about how to play with a man down than to discuss that.

"I'm very proud of this team in today's match. We worked very well and played with a lot of discipline in the team, with one man down.

"We're doing a job good. These results invite us to think that we're on the right track."

Fati looked sharp after also scoring twice in the 4-0 rout of Villarreal on Sunday, while Messi was outstanding yet again on a day which saw Barca draw Juventus in the group stage of the Champions League.

Koeman said of the attacking duo: "They were very good, like the whole team. Leo worked a lot without the ball."

Barcelona have to be successful again if they are to keep Lionel Messi happy, head coach Ronald Koeman has said.

In an interview with SPORT that was published on Tuesday, six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi stated his wish to draw a line under recent events and move on after he publicly aired his grievances about the ongoings at Camp Nou on more than one occasion.

The 33-year-old tried, and failed, to force a move away from the club on a free after last season finished before again taking shots at the Barca hierarchy over their handling of his friend Luis Suarez's departure for Atletico Madrid.

Messi, who is only under contract until the end of the 2020-21 season, has now insisted he wants to move on and Koeman has welcomed that.

"I don't know if after Leo's statements I'm going to have a quiet life, I don't think so," he told reporters ahead of Thursday's away LaLiga game against Celta Vigo. 

"But it is positive that the captain shows himself in that sense, asking for unity. This has always been positive. Hopefully we are going to be calmer than lately."

Messi's criticism has centred around president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who will vacate the position in March at the latest, and he has suggested he was unhappy long before Koeman was appointed.

However, the Dutchman thinks the key to keeping Messi content is with results on the pitch.

"I do not know if I have everything in that sense in my hands," Koeman replied when asked what he could do to keep his superstar happy.

"You have to find the best team for him, where he can shine and where he gets the most out of it. And look for a formula in training.

"I have seen that he lives for football, even in training matches he does everything to win. For Leo to be happy, we have to win games."

One man who could be departing Catalonia is midfielder Rafinha.

The Brazilian has played in just eight LaLiga games for Barca across the previous three seasons, having spent time out on loan with Inter and Celta, and he has not been included in the squad for Thursday's match.

A report in England suggested Manchester City had turned down the chance to take Rafinha as part of a deal that would send Eric Garcia the other way, but Koeman indicated the 27-year-old needs to find a new club.

"For players who do not see many possibilities, it is better to find a way out," he said.

"I know that Rafinha has been on loan and it is a moment when you can no longer be on loan every season. We have many midfielders, we will have to look for the best for the team. They are technical decisions."

Lionel Messi wants to bring an end to any disagreements with Barcelona, calling for everyone at the club to show a united front in their bid for success this season. 

The Argentine superstar stunned the footballing world when he announced he sensationally wanted to leave Camp Nou in August, believing he could still activate a clause to terminate his contract and walk away for nothing. 

However, with both Barca and LaLiga insisting that option had expired in June, leaving any potential buyer to either negotiate with the LaLiga side or pay his €700million release clause, Messi opted not to pursue the matter any further. 

Confirming an exit was "impossible" after his father and agent Jorge met with president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the 33-year-old told Goal Spain he would be staying put to see out the remaining year of his contract. 

Messi converted from the spot as the Ronald Koeman era began with a 4-0 thrashing of Villarreal at Camp Nou and, speaking to SPORT, has now made clear his desire to draw a line under what has been a tumultuous period for both himself and the club. 

"After so many disagreements, I would like to bring an end to everything. We all have to be united and assume that the best is yet to come," the six-time Ballon d'Or winner said. 

In excerpts of an exclusive interview that will be released in full on Wednesday, Messi insisted he had only acted with Barcelona's best interests at heart. 

"I take responsibility for my errors and if they existed, it was only to make Barcelona better and stronger," he admitted. 

Sending a message to the fans, Messi added: "If at any moment, any of them were annoyed by something that I said or did, let there be no doubts that anything I did was always with the club's best interests in mind."

Messi was strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, which would have seen him team up again with former Barca boss Pep Guardiola in the Premier League.

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