Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has accused Paris Saint-Germain of trying to upset Lionel Messi ahead of their Champions League last-16 tie later this month.
Koeman was irked by the latest comments where Angel Di Maria suggested his compatriot could head to the French side this summer once his Nou Camp contract expires.
‘Yes, yes, I hope so,' Di Maria said when asked whether Messi could join him in Paris. ‘There are many possibilities. We have to be calm and things will develop.'
Those words were put to Koeman and the Dutchman made no effort to hide his disdain.
‘It seems to me to be a lack of respect,' Koeman said. ‘It’s wrong to say such of thing, especially ahead of the Champions League game.
‘It’s not fair, and I don’t think it’s respectful toward Barcelona to speak like that about a player who’s ours.
‘They talk a lot about Leo, who plays for Barcelona. Besides, we have a tie against them.'
Barcelona host PSG at the Nou Camp on February 16 in the first leg of their Champions League tie with the return fixture on March 10.
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