Ronald Koeman has reportedly signed a contract extension to stay on as Barcelona manager.
FC Barcelona has offered an extension to Koeman despite a disappointing La Liga campaign. Negotiations between the Dutchman’s entourage and Barcelona president Joan Laporta finally concluded as they reached an agreement. Barcelona was reportedly searching the market for other options but have decided to settle for Koeman. The former Netherlands national team coach has been entrusted with a rebuilding process at Camp Nou and can continue with his project.
Koeman was appointed Barcelona manager after the departure of Quique Setién. There were doubts over Koeman continuing as the Barcelona manager after reports emerged of differences between him and the new Barcelona president Laporta. But these differences were seemingly put aside as Koeman has been offered a new contract at the club.
Ronald Koeman STAYS at Barcelona, confirmed. Koeman agents were ‘confident’ since one week and now the agreement is imminent. Joan Laporta decided to continue with Koeman as manager next season. Here we go. 🔵🔴🇳🇱 #FCB #Barcelona #Koeman
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 3, 2021
Koeman managed to deliver silverware in the form of the club’s 31st Copa del Rey title. But fell short of the club’s Champions League and La Liga targets. Club legend Xavi was also rumoured to be in the running for the Blaugrana job but the club has agreed to see through Koeman’s contract up to June 2022, with a potential extension for one more year if he achieves strong results while also playing free-flowing, attacking football.
Koeman also seems happy with the new signings of Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero and his teammate Eric Garcia on a free transfer. Emerson Royal was also announced as a new signing. Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum could also be announced as free transfers in the coming weeks. Club captain and legend Lionel Messi is also reported to have signed a new 2-year deal. Laporta will also try to sell the likes of Sergi Roberto, Mirlaem Pjanic, Martin Brathwaite, Samuel Umtiti, Phillipe Coutinho, and Francisco Trincao.
“We will give continuity to the current contract that Ronald Koeman has,” Laporta said in a statement on Thursday.
“We are very satisfied because the talks have resulted in a unity of criteria for what has to be done during the season.”
Ronaldo Koeman ventured into management when his playing career ended in the late 90s. The Dutchman started out at Vitesse, before managing the likes of Ajax, Benfica, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia and AZ Alkmaar. The 58-year-old managed Southampton and Everton in the Premier League, while also had stints with Feyenoord and the Dutch national team before joining Barcelona.