The Argentine winger told French channel “Canal Plus”: “I hope Messi joins us. There is a great opportunity and we have to be calm and everything will develop.”
Koeman responded to the Argentine’s statement after reaching the Copa del Rey semi-finals at the expense of Granada, saying: “It is disrespectful, the mistake of saying something like this, which increases the heat of the Champions League match.”
“I don’t think it is respectful to talk about a Barcelona player,” he added.
Barcelona is preparing for a fiery confrontation in the Champions League final with the runners-up of the last edition. ”
The Dutch coach added: “They are talking about Messi, he is a player in Barcelona, and we have a confrontation in front of them.”
Messi’s future with Barcelona remains unclear, as his contract expires at the end of this season and has not yet been renewed.
The 33-year-old Argentine has participated in 25 matches this season, scoring 16 goals and scoring 7 in all competitions.