Former Barcelona player Junior Firpo has accused former coach Ronald Koeman of being dishonest and claims the Dutch coach lied to him.
Koeman was relieved of his duties as Blaugrana coach last month following a string of poor results, with Xavi Hernandez coming on as his replacement.
Junior Firpo was one of the players used sparingly by Ronald Koeman last campaign and the full-back claims the former Barcelona player and coach was not honest him whenever he asked about his lack of game time.
“I asked Koeman for explanations why I was not playing until one day he started to lie to me,” Firpo has told SER Catalunya.
“At that point, when the coach starts to lie to you, you realise they’re misleading you… Why keep asking for explanations if at the end of the day they’re going to mislead you time and again?
“He lied to me because he said things that made no sense, that I was training badly, contaminating the group. Things like that. You can ask anyone at the club at the time and they will agree with me.”
“There was a lack of respect, not just to me but to other players. I will never understand that, after a game, when the substitutes train the next day, Koeman stayed in his office while we were training.
“If I have to show to you that I deserve to play and you don’t pick me… the only way I can show that is in training. When the whole team trains it is tougher, there are a lot more of us, we do quick exercises and they’re tired after playing a game.
“The day that I have to prove I should play and want to play is the day after the game when the substitutes train hard… and you’re not there.”
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