Ronald Koeman has posted a long message on his social networks about his confirmation as coach of Barcelona next season. The Dutch coach is happy with this decision.
Barça Mercato: Ronald Koeman speaks out on his retention
At the end of a disappointing season on the bench of Barcelona, ending with a shameful third place in La Liga, Ronald Koeman thought he had to give up his position. The Catalan coach was announced with insistence on leaving, especially since the Barça management was working on his succession. But after a “period of reflection”, the president Joan Laporta has decided: the Dutch coach will be on the bench next season.
“This period of reflection was necessary to unify the criteria and correct some of the differences we may have had. I see Koeman motivated, excited and with the mentality we should have,” explained the Barcelona president.
In the hot seat for several weeks, Ronald Koeman can breathe a sigh of relief. The 58-year-old coach said he was “relieved” about the decision. “I am relieved to say that my players and staff can now focus fully on the new season. The last few weeks have been intense, but I am happy that the president Joan Laporta has given me his support and that calm has returned. The objective of everyone at the club is the same: to build a winning Barça and be successful, “posted the coach of the Catalan club.
Barça Mercato: Ronald Koeman wants reinforcements
Ronald Koeman wants to build a competitive Barça and expects heavy reinforcements during this summer mercato. The Catalans have already completed the arrival of Sergio Agüero, Eric Garcia and Emerson Royal in three days and new recruits are expected in the Catalan capital. Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay, respectively at the end of their contract at Liverpool and Olympique Lyonnais, are expected to join Barcelona this summer.