Sunday 26 January 2020

Koeman ‘rules out’ move to Barcelona before the summer

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National football team coach Ronald Koeman has reportedly dismissed speculation that he could quit before the summer to take over at his former club Barcelona.

The Catalan club are expected to part company with Ernesto Valverde as soon as they can find a replacement. Last week’s defeat to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Supercopa was widely seen as the final straw.

Koeman, who scored the winning goal for Barça against Sampdoria in the 1992 European Cup final, has made no secret of his desire to return to the club and has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for Barcelona after this summer’s European Championship.

NOS reported, without quoting Koeman, that he had ruled out departing before the tournament. The trainer’s contract with the KNVB runs to 2022 and the exit clause applies specifically to Barcelona.

Barça have held preliminary talks with another former player, Xavi Hernández, who is currently with Qatari club Al-Sadd, but he has reportedly said he is not interested in moving to Catalonia at the moment.

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