Due to a strong showing in 2021, Barcelona find themselves fighting for two titles this season in the form of LaLiga Santander and Copa del Rey, something which seemed unthinkable after a poor start to the campaign.
And it is evident that Ronald Koeman is far more concerned about what happens on the pitch than any off-field speculation over new arrivals.
Speaking to the press on Sunday ahead of Monday’s match against Real Valladolid, the Dutchman was asked about Erling Haaland‘s possible arrival.
“We have used the [international] break to have meetings with the president, to talk about this season, about the next one…” he said.
“This happens in all the clubs in the world. I am not going to talk about players that are not ours.”
On Leo Messi, Koeman is hopeful that he will renew but, again, insisted it wasn’t the right time to speak about it.
“It is a very important matter because we doing our best to ensure that Leo can stay at this club for more years,” he said.
“But now is not the time to talk about next year.”
Koeman is pleased with the meetings he has had so far with president Joan Laporta.
“Everyone, including the president, is working to improve the team knowing the economic situation of the club, which is not the best,” he said.
“It’s normal to talk in the last part of the season about the next one. Now I am not interested in the names that are mentioned, we have to be aware of the ten remaining matches and the Copa del Rey final.”