Ronald Koeman‘s future at Barcelona has been in the balance ever since the club elected Joan Laporta as their president. However, the Dutch manager was given the green light to continue at Camp Nou, ahead of the 2021-22 season.
Koeman has let his intention to continue with Barcelona known, talking to various media outlets about his desire. The 58-year-old former defender has been in talks with the club’s officials about his future, and all signs point towards a potential extension.
While his current deal is set to expire in 2022, Joan Laporta has surprisingly backed Koeman, stating that the Barcelona legend has his full support and confidence. With such kind words from the president to motivate him, Koeman confessed in an interview with Diario Sport, his wish to carry on with the club for many years to come. He said,
“Yes, of course, I’m open to renewal. I’ll be excited to continue as a coach for many years, despite the complicated things that exist at the club today. Barça has young players with a huge immediate future, and hopefully, in three, four or five years, I can continue to be their coach.”
According to various sources, behind all these positive comments and appreciation lay some commitments that need to be consummated. Laporta has reportedly conveyed some conditions, the fulfilment of which will directly influence Koeman’s stay at the club.
A member of Johan Cruyff’s ‘Dream Team’, Ronald Koeman returned to his former club last year after the sacking of Quique Setien was confirmed. He led Barcelona to their 31st Copa del Rey title in his debut season, guiding them to third place in La Liga.