Koeman: "Yes, I would like to go to Barça, but the signature is missing"

The coach spoke at Zeist, headquarters of the Dutch Federation, where he negotiates the termination of his contract as a coach to return to Barcelona.


Ronald Koeman is in Zeist, headquarters of the Dutch Football Association (KNVB), to talk about his departure as national coach to sign for Barcelona. When asked about his return to the Barça club, the coach pointed out: "Yes, I would like to, but it will only be final when the signature has been put on. Until then I can't say anything about it. Even if I wanted to" .

In Zeist no one doubts that Koeman will leave the national team, according to the Dutch press. In fact, Óscar Grau, CEO of Barça, negotiated the operation yesterday with the oranje federation.

Koeman has a current contract with the KNVB, but with a clause that he can terminate his employment relationship with the national team if Barcelona knocks on his door. That clause was only applicable after Euro 2020, but circumstances have changed as the tournament moved to 2021. Barcelona also knocked on Koeman's door in January, but he rejected the proposal.

Koeman, 57, played for Barcelona from 1989 to 1995 and gave the club its first European Cup in 1992 with his goal in the final against Sampdoria.

Koeman will relieve Quique Setién, fired by Barcelona after 8-2 against Bayern in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. For the first time in twelve years, the Catalans did not win a single title.

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