Former Egyptian player Ahmed Hossam Mido believes that Lionel Messi leaving Barçelona will be in the new manager’s interests.
Mido, who currently works as a football analyst and has his own TV show, said on his show that Koeman will be the one benefiting if it is the case that Messi leaves Barca.
The former Egyptian player explained: “Koeman is one of the best coaches I have trained with and he has a very strong character, but he is going to face many difficulties if Messi stays.”
“The best thing that could happen to Koeman is the potential departure of Messi. Koeman won’t be able to build his empire with Messi existing in the dressing room.
“Koeman was my coach for two and a half years and no matter how much time goes by, he is still unable to handle players with strong characters and he doesn’t want a player who has an opinion”, he added.
Many reports have claimed lately that Messi’s time at Barcelona is over, with the Argentine informing Barça’s board of his desire to leave Camp Nou.
Mido, who played for several European clubs including Ajax Amsterdam where he was coached by Barca’s new manager Koeman, also mentioned that during his time at Ajax Keoman had so many problems with him as well as with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
However, he gave the Dutchman some credit by admitting that he is the most suitable option for the Catalans currently since he has Barça’s DNA.