Sat 28 August 2021 | 15:34

Barcelona cannot compete with teams like PSG, City or United - Koeman

Ronald Koeman believes that Barcelona must be realistic in the transfer market and can not hope to compete with the financial power of Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Manchester United.


Every person who wants the best for this club is frustrated but you also have to be realistic, and economically the club cannot compete with other teams like PSG, City or United,

" Koeman told a news conference ahead of clash with Getafe.

"It is like that and you have to accept it. It will last for a long time, it is not a matter of ending today or tomorrow. I have always said that you have to be realistic and know the situation of the club.

"You have to know the moment of the club, that we are changing things, with young players. We are missing six or seven players who can start but we have a good team.

"I am not in favour of thinking about not winning things. We are a club that must always show a winning mentality, but at this moment we cannot fight with the best in the world.

"It does not depend on the best player in the world, it depends on the team and the mentality. We know that we lack the best in the world and we have to have other things."

In response to a question about


being recruited by Real Madrid, Koeman said:

"If Madrid have the money... I would also want to have him in my team. If you can improve your squad with these players, perfect


"It seems crazy to me and absurd figures to pay so much money for a player seeing how the world is."

Samuel Umtiti


Miralem Pjanic

are players that Barça would like to sell but Koeman thanked Pjanic for his professional behavior and both are in the squad for the game against




There are just a few days to go to release players who want to play for other teams. Pjanic is one of the players. His attitude is very good and that's why he's in the squad list,

" said Koeman.

Ansu Fati

is one of the players that everyone at the club has relied heavily on, but he has been out for a long time and Koeman is not interested in putting too much pressure on him.


We don't have to go fast. I think Ansu still needs more time to become fit at the best level,"

said Koeman.

"We are talking about a player who has been out injured for seven or eight months and you cannot recover your good form in three weeks, so I don't want to say one date.

"I read in the press that he would be available against Sevilla [on September 11]. I can confirm he won't be ready for that game, he needs more training sessions because we want to have Ansu for a long time and we are not going to take a single risk."



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