Ronald Koeman recently told Catalunya Radio that he dreams to coach Barcelona one day and that the club have already called him. The Dutchman explained that he has to stay with the Netherlands currently, due to the European Championship.
“I got a call from Barcelona, but I have to stick to my word with the Netherlands and stay for the Euro, no one knows what will happen in the future.”
“Everyone knows that my dream is to coach Barcelona one day. It always depends on your journey. I know that, as a coach, you have to have lots of experience to coach a team like that.”, he continued.
However, Koeman has the right to leave after the Euro, but he is not thinking about it right now.
“In my contract, I have the possibility to leave the national team after the European Championship, but it’s not the time to think about that because I’m really happy with my job with the Netherlands.”
When asked about Setién’s Barcelona, Koeman explained that the team looks good, but to win the Champions League, it takes more.
“It’s very difficult for me to have an opinion [on Setien]. Barcelona are no longer [Pep] Guardiola’s team, but it’s a fantastic group. There are other favourites [for the Champions League]. To win the competition, Barcelona must play better than they have done recently.”, Koeman explained.
Finally, Koeman commented on his national team player Frenkie De Jong:
“He can adapt to a more advanced position in central midfield. His best position is where [Sergio] Busquets plays because that’s where he played for Ajax and where he plays for the national team. He’s young and we have to give time to players like him. I’m certain that he’ll show his quality and level in no time. I have no doubts about that.”
Whether we will see Koeman coach Barcelona, the club of his dreams, highly depends on his European Championship performance, and obviously also on current Barça coach Quique Setién.
Report: Former Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has been arrested
Barcelona has always been a host of controversy in the world of football, but in breaking and shattering news, former president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been arrested owing to his involvement in the BarçaGate scandal. Additionally, the Chief Executive Officer of the club, Oscar Grau, former adviser to the presidency Jaume Masferrer, and head legal counsel Roman Gomez Ponti have also been arrested by the Catalan police.
The BarçaGate scandal occurred during Bartomeu’s time at the club where the administration was suspected of paying PR company I3 ventures to clean up the image of Bartomeu online while disparaging the image of current and former players that played under the infamous president.
Initially, both Barça and I3 had denied the allegations and a report following an audit conducted by PrincewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found that the club did not take part in any defamatory campaigns against any individual. The company also found no evidence of financial corruption or money laundering done by the president and his board.
However, it seems the tables have been turned on their head today. The Catalan police arrived at the Camp Nou offices this morning to search for documentation in connection with the BarçaGate investigation. They left the offices half an hour ago and arrived at the house of Josep Bartomeu and arrested him from there.