Thu. Jun 24th, 2021

Ronald Koeman is set to grow to be Barcelona’s upcoming coach and the Dutchman will construct his crew about Lionel Messi, president Josep Maria Bartomeu explained on Tuesday.

Koeman, who is revered by Barca supporters for delivering their initial European Cup as a player, will be anticipated to lead the club’s rebuilding get the job done right after they have been thrashed eight-two by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals final Friday.

“If there is no modify then we will announce Koeman as our upcoming coach and he will lead this crew and these gamers forward with a unique variety of task, led by a coach who all Barca supporters know,” Bartomeu explained in an interview with the club’s official tv channel.

Koeman’s imminent arrival will be the third phase of a restructuring of the club which started with Quique Setien’s sacking on Monday and continued on Tuesday as sporting director Eric Abidal agreed to terminate his contract.

Koeman, 57, arrived in Barcelona on Tuesday right after investing the morning at the Netherlands’ headquarters to negotiate currently being launched from his contract with the nationwide crew, who he has coached given that 2018 and led to qualify for Euro 2020.

Koeman is fondly remembered at Barca for the part he played in Johan Cruyff’s hugely prosperous side regarded as the ‘Dream Team’ and for scoring the only aim towards Sampdoria in the 1992 European Cup last.

The defender later on grew to become the club’s assistant coach ahead of embarking on an eventful occupation as a head coach, managing Dutch sides Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord plus Premier League teams Southampton and Everton and La Liga’s Valencia.

“We are betting on him simply because we know him pretty properly, we know how he thinks and how his teams perform, but also simply because of his knowledge and as he was in Johan’s ‘Dream Team’ he is aware of Barca and how we comprehend football,” Bartomeu additional.

‘Messi would like to finish his occupation at Barcelona’

Bartomeu also explained captain Messi was not about to depart the club and would be an integral aspect of the crew below Koeman.

“Messi would like to finish his occupation at Barca, he has explained that a lot of occasions. I have spoken to Koeman about him and he has informed me Messi will be the pillar of his task,” Bartomeu explained.

“Messi has a contract with Barca right up until 2021. I talk to him and his father frequently and they know that we have a reliable task, that a new coach is coming and that he will count on him.”

Bartomeu, who on Monday announced that the club’s presidential elections will consider spot in March 2021, 3 months earlier than planned, also defended his operating of the club right after dealing with calls to resign right after the defeat by Bayern.

“We have a sporting crisis but not an institutional one particular,” he additional.

“We have had a pretty adverse outcome in the Champions League but the club is in a fantastic spot in a social and monetary sense.”

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