Koeman reveals he rejected Barcelona's offer to become their new boss
‘They spoke to me but I said no’: Ronald Koeman reveals Barcelona DID approach him about succeeding Ernesto Valverde at Nou Camp… but Dutchman rejected the offer to focus on Holland role
- Ronald Koeman reveals he rejected Barcelona’s offer to become their new boss
- The Catalan giants were looking to replace Ernesto Valverde back in January
- Koeman was approached by his former club but he decided to focus on Holland
Ronald Koeman has revealed he rejected the chance to manage Lionel Messi and Co at Barcelona in order to focus on his job as Holland’s head coach.
Barcelona were on the hunt to find Ernesto Valverde’s successor before he was sacked in January and had identified Koeman as a potential candidate.
Koeman’s strong affinity with a club he represented between 1989 and 1995 made him one of the bookmakers’ favourites to take over at the Nou Camp before the job was eventually given to Quique Setien.
Ronald Koeman reveals he rejected Barcelona’s offer to become their new boss in January
However, despite having flirted with the idea initially, Koeman insists he decided to stick with his current project and continue on as head coach of the Dutch national team.
‘Yes, it’s true that Barca spoke to me but I said no because I’m with the national team and I have a commitment to stay in this role,’ the 56-year-old said, as cited by Diario Sport.
It was also confirmed by the Dutch FA in September that Koeman has a clause in his contract that would allow him to manage Barcelona after Euro 2020, Holland’s first major championship in six years.
Barcelona were looking to replace Ernesto Valverde and asked Koeman if he wanted the job
Koeman is a Barcelona legend, having scored the winning goal in the 1992 European Cup final
‘I have two more years of contract with the national team and I don’t like to talk about Barca,’ Koeman said in December, according to Marca.
‘It’s uncomfortable for many reasons, now I have a job and it’s not fair to talk about this. If that opportunity comes then it comes and if it doesn’t come, it doesn’t come.
‘There are more important things in life, but never say never.’
Koeman made 192 appearances for the Catalan club and went on to win 10 major trophies as a player.
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