Ronald Koeman is in line for a new deal to STAY at Barcelona, reveals president Joan Laporta… despite the under-fire Dutch boss finishing third in LaLiga last season and suffering a last-16 Champions League exit
- Joan Laporta has given his public backing to Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman
- The Barcelona president has revealed talks about extending his contract
- Club legend Xavi has long been viewed as the next manager of Barcelona
- Laporta is keen to instil confidence in Koeman in order to maximise success
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is in line for a contract extension at the Nou Camp, reveals president Joan Laporta.
Koeman’s current contract expires on June 30, 2022, and Laporta is wary of leaving his Dutch manager with little power and authority in the dressing room on an expiring deal.
In an interview with Onze TV, Laporta explained that discussions are underway between the board and Koeman’s agent Rob Jansen about an extension.
Ronald Koeman (middle) has received the backing of Barcelona chief Joan Laporta (right)
‘Koeman has all my support, my respect and all the confidence so that he can work as comfortably as possible,’ Laporta said.
‘We have already spoken a couple of times with Rob Jansen, his agent, so we are talking.
‘I told the coach that he has to be strong, he cannot be in the weak position of ending the contract, so I raised the possibility of extending the contract.’
While Koeman will not be expected to deliver Champions League success, he will be tasked with producing a genuine title bid in LaLiga, as well as a defence of their Copa del Rey.
Koeman is expected to push for titles and trophies but the board want to bolster his position
In a television interview Laporta revealed that discussions are underway for a new contract
Lionel Messi departed for Paris Saint-Germain this summer in a blow to Koeman and this is a new-look, younger Barcelona side with academy starlet Ansu Fati as the new No 10.
Laporta wants to see Fati as the shining light of this team once he successfully returns from a serious knee injury.
‘We have never tried to transfer Ansu Fati,’ he added.
‘We try to preserve the players with presence and a very good future.
‘I have heard that there was an offer of €100million (£86m), it came out in the newspapers, but at no time have we received it.
Koeman’s Barcelona have made an unbeaten start in LaLiga, winning two and drawing one
Ansu Fati has been given the No 10 shirt by Barcelona as the successor to Lionel Messi
‘Ansu has been very brave, He has accepted the ’10’, which no one wanted. He said he would accept it if the captains allowed it.’
Barcelona have made an unbeaten start to life after Messi with two wins and a draw from their opening three LaLiga matches.
Koeman’s side face their toughest test of the season after the international break with a Champions League group match against Bayern Munich before a return to LaLiga against Granada.
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