‘Barca can’t live in past’

    The new signing of Barcelona Memphis Depay (right) shares the laughter with his teammates. Photo: Twitter

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    The new signing of Barcelona Memphis Depay (right) shares the laughter with his teammates. Photo: Twitter

    Lionel Messi is now in Barcelona’s past and the club must live in the present, coach Ronald Koeman said on Saturday as his team prepares for a new season in LaLiga without its greatest player ever – and faces a financial crisis.

    Barcelona is still ashamed of the departure of the top scorer of all time in Paris Saint-Germain, as it could not afford to give the Argentine a new contract.

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    But Kuman said it was time to look to the future with Sunday’s game at Real Sociedad coming soon.

    “It’s painful for all Barcelona fans, given what Messi has done for the club, but we can not live in the past,” Kuman told a news conference. “I’m excited about the new season and I hope the fans will be excited too. We have to live in the present and not the past.

    “People talked a lot about Messi and that is normal because of how effective he was and his quality. We will not have him anymore, but we still have a very strong team. There are no excuses now, we have games to play and points for victory “.

    Barcelona had some good news as Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay were able to post new odds after Gerard Pique agreed to cut salaries to bring the club into line with the league’s financial rules.

    The club said in a statement that Pique had agreed to make a “substantial” fee, adding that he was in talks with the club’s other captain Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergio Roberto to reduce the team to ease his financial woes. club.

    “We all know the situation of the club and that it needs help, so you have to appreciate the attitude of Gerrard, Sergi Roberto and Busquets,” Kuman added.

    “It turns out that they are real men of the club.”

    The Dutchman added that Pedri and Eric Garcia will be available to face Sociedad despite playing in the Olympic final for Spain last week after an exhausting Euro 2020 campaign with the national team.

    But he is missing some key players with goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen recovering from knee surgery, striker Ousmane Dembele out with a muscle problem and new Sergio Aguero expected to stay out until October.

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