He has only had three games in charge, but it appears that it is enough for Barcelona star’s to be convinced by Ronald Koeman they are heading in the right direction.

The Dutchman took charge this summer in the aftermath of the shocking 7-2 defeat by Bayern Munich and has helped to unite a fractured club.

The players are pleased with his open dialogue and the work he has put in on the training ground, according to Sport.

And he has even left a strong impression on Lionel Messi, who was on the brink of leaving the club in the aftermath of the Champions League humiliation in Lisbon.

Koeman this week revealed he went to Messi’s mansion to speak face-to-face with the Argentine after he made clear his desire to leave.

‘After signing as coach, I immediately contacted Leo,’ the Dutchman told NOS.

‘I went to his house and talked to him about his future. His discontent was clear.

‘In the end it well and from the moment he indicated he would continue, he has done everything I expect of him.’

Messi believed he was able to leave for free due to a clause in his contract, but was forced to stay at the Nou Camp with both Barca and LaLiga insisting the £634m clause had to be met.

Barcelona have won two of their opening three games this season, easing to impressive victories over Villarreal and Celta Vigo before they were held at home by Sevilla.

Koeman’s men head to Getafe at the weekend before hosting Ferencvaros in their Champions League opener in midweek.


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