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Koeman On Messi's Furious Reaction To Suarez's Exit

FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has commented on Lionel Messi's furious reaction to Luis Suarez's exit from the club.

Read: Suarez Responds To Messi's Crazy Farewell Message

The Dutchman has overseen quite a drastic squad revamp so far, with Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Nelson Semedo and Suarez all having left the Camp Nou since he took over.

Messi, meanwhile, was not allowed to depart despite desperately looking for a new challenge, and the 33-year-old became upset once again when he saw the way the club treated his friend Suarez around his move to Atletico Madrid.

Koeman, though, has now downplayed the Argentine's reaction, and insisted the player is fully committed in training.

"It's normal that a player is sad when a friend leaves. It is part of football," the former Netherlands boss said, as quoted by AS

"But the most important thing is that he has been an example to the others during training and in games.

"He has shown in training that he is focused, and I have no doubts over Messi in that regard."

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The new Blaugrana manager also revealed that he feels like a scapegoat over the Suarez exit.

"I have to say that it seems like I'm the bad guy over Suarez. And that is not the case," Koeman added

"After I spoke to Luis, I showed respect to the player and the person that he is. He gave his all in training from day one and I told him that, even though it would be difficult for him to play, if he stayed he would still be a member of the squad.

"And the club said the same thing. It was the club's decision. The club, before I was hired as coach, made some decisions. It was not just my decision as the manager, but the club's as a whole. 

"We are looking to change the team. There are young players coming through.

"Luis and I respect each other and we spoke frankly. At the end of the day, he's moved to Atletico and I wish him all the luck in the world."

Suarez had the perfect start to life at Atletico, scoring a brace and assisting another strike in his 20-minute debut against Granada on Sunday.

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