Ronald Koeman has spoken to the media in the Netherlands and sent a message to Barcelona president Joan Laporta, following reports that emerged about the conditions the Dutchman must meet if he is to get a new deal at the Camp Nou.
With just one year left to run on his current contract, Koeman’s future at Barcelona beyond the end of this season remains somewhat unclear, although he recognizes that his relationship with Laporta has improved in the last few months.
“My relationship with Laporta has improved, but last week something happened that I don’t think is right,” Koeman said to NOS.
“He was suggesting that the coach doesn’t have all the power. He spoke too much and was not wise on two occasions.”
“That can be done in private. I like it when a president is engaged and asks questions, it just shouldn’t happen in the press. That was the problem.”
However, during the same interview, Koeman recognized that he has the support of the club.
“Starting with the president, I have the feeling that everyone was completely behind me. [Also] the players, the rest of the staff and the other members of the board,” he noted.
Koeman acknowledged that he wants to stay in Barcelona beyond the end of June 2022, and he did so with a comment that may ruffle a few feathers.
“I’m open to staying; I’m having a good time. Thanks to me, this club has a future,” Koeman stated.
The Dutch coach understands Barcelona’s current financial situation and believes they will not be able to compete with Europe’s biggest teams for another couple of years.
“There are at least two years to go before we can fight again with teams like Manchester City and Chelsea. We have to accept that we can’t do things we should be doing,” Koeman explained.
“Sporting-wise, this club will always be good. The question is: can we get back to the level to win the Champions League and be the best team in Spain for several years in a row? That’s not the case at the moment.”