Source: China State Council Information Office
FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said on Wednesday that he is happy with the team he has at the moment, but that he has not ruled out new signings if the chance arrives.
It has been a difficult start for Koeman at the Camp Nou, with a run of just two points from four games before Saturday’s 5-2 win over Betis leaving his side in mid-table. Nevertheless, in an interview with the ‘El Mundo Deportivo’ newspaper, the Dutchman insisted that overall he was content with side’s start to the season.
“In general I am happy… I feel very comfortable and there are many things that we are on the right track,” he said.
“We are at the beginning. We must improve in many aspects and continue on the path that we are going,” continued the coach.
However, Koeman admitted there was still work to be done.
“If you ask me if it is the ideal team for me, I have my doubts. You can always improve things. In some positions we are quite limited,” he commented, although he knows Barcelona’s delicate financial situation means “you can’t ask for much.”
Koeman preferred not to name the players he wants to sign, but when asked about Dutch international Memphis Depay, he commented “we will see what can happen in the future,” and when Manchester City defender Eric Garcia, (who began his career at Barcelona, was mentioned), he replied, “it depends on Manchester City.”
The coach also discussed Leo Messi, who in the summer said he wanted to leave Barcelona and who is now in his last season with the club.
“When I arrived, they told me that Messi was unhappy. We talked at his house. He explained his reasons to me and I was honest with him. I told him that the only thing I can change is football; the game system, his position on the field, his importance in the team. But the things that he had had with the club I couldn’t change.”
“Messi has shown me to be a person who wants to win things, be the best, and continue to be the best, even if he had his problems with the club. Today, Barca has been, is and will be a better team with Messi than without Messi,” insisted Koeman.