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Leeds fullback Junior Firpo slams ex-Barcelona boss Koeman: He lied to me!

Leeds United fullback Junior Firpo has claimed former Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman lied to him.

The former Spain U21 international joined Leeds for £13million in the summer after losing playing time under Koeman.

The Dutchman was sacked three months after Firpo was sold.

"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."

Asked on Koeman's regular absence from training sessions, he added: "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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