Ronald Koeman has escaped the Barcelona axe with membership president Joan Laporta asserting on Thursday the Dutchman is to proceed as coach subsequent season.
“We’ve decided to give continuity to a contract already in place,” Laporta confirmed after a gathering of the membership’s administrators.
Koeman’s affirmation comes after the Catalan press had hinted that profitable spherical Lionel Messi in addition to lifting the Copa del Rey and overseeing a yr of transition might not have been sufficient for him to maintain his job.
Laporta defined: “We think it’s the best for Barca and we are very happy to be able to announce today that Ronald Koeman is staying.”
He stated “very frank and straight” conversations had taken place earlier than committing to Koeman till the summer time of 2022.
“This time for reflection was necessary… to see together what didn’t work at the end of last season”.
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Koeman stays within the Camp Nou dugout after a “unanimous” vote regardless of Barca’s final 16 Champions League exit to Paris Saint-Germain and a disappointing finish to the Liga title race.
Laporta praised Koeman’s “impeccable behaviour”.
“He confirmed what we already knew, that he’s a real skilled.
“I’m sure we are going to have a great season.”