The Dutch head coach stated that Messi's renewal is the priority
Barça head coach Ronald Koeman has stated that French international Antoine Griezmann is a very important player for him, but he refused to confirm whether or not he will stay at the club in light of the club's delicate financial situation. When asked about Griezmann, Koeman said "I'm going to rely on all of the players in my squad. If there are any incomings or outgoings, I'll need to accept them. These are decisions that need to be made by the club. There's lots of time left, let's see who stays and who goes. But it's clear that Messi's renewal is the absolute priority".
Koeman made it clear that Griezmann has performed well for him and that, under normal conditions, he would stay at the club. "Griezmann is very important for me. He's been a great signing for Barcelna and has shown his quality. He's performed well and is a very good player. But I insist, I don't know which decisions will be made. The most important thing is for Leo to sign a new contract. He is the future of the club, and we need to try everything to get him to sign", he said.
Barcelona are considering letting Griezmann go in order to reduce their wage bill, which would allow them to re-sign Messi without breaking their wage cap. The French striker may already have offers on the table from other clubs, but his priority is to remain a Barça player.