Sport Koeman namechecks Barcelona legends in defiant statement about club’s peril
Koeman wants to stay at Barcelona for 'many years'
The Dutch coach's current contract expires at the end of the season but the club are open to giving him an extensionThe Dutch coach's current deal at Camp Nou expires next summer, but Goal reported last week that the club will offer him an extension if the team meet their targets for the season.
Under-fire Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman cited the examples of Xavi and Andres Iniesta when insisting why the club’s woes aren’t all bad, though did give a grim assessment of their aim for the season.
Amid unprecedented financial turmoil,oversaw the departures of a plethora of first-team stars this summer. Lionel Messi was the headline act leaving the Camp Nou, and predictably, their early season fortunes have taken a hit.
Barcelona were thumped 3-0 by Bayern Munich in their Champions League opener. After drawing with Granada on Monday, the La Liga giant sit in eighth place domestically.
Koeman savages Barcelona flop after shunned star demands showdown
Barcelona boss Koeman delivered a brutal put-down to Miralem Pjanic after he started a war of words with the Dutchman. © PA Images Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann smiling and laughing with Ronald Koeman 2021 Pjanic, 31, departed for Besiktas on loan as Barcelona attempted to wrest their colossal wage bill under control. The midfielder had only moved to the Camp Nou in 2020 in a deal worth an initial €60m. However, Pjanic failed to replicate the form he showed in Serie A with Roma and Juventus.
The pressure on Koeman appears to be mounting amid rising tensions between the Dutchman and club president Joan Laporta.
Laporta has released two videos in the past week on social media addressing fans on the team’s predicament. He also asked for patience while the club deals with its colossal debt.
Now, Koeman has responded in his latest press conference, and refused to answer a single question after reading a pre-prepared statement.
“The club is with me in what is a process of reconstruction,” began the statement.
“The financial situation of the club is linked to the sporting performance of the team. That means that we have to rebuild the team without big money to spend and we need time.
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“The young talents can be big stars in a couple of years and the good thing about rebuilding the team is that the young players will get their chance just as Xavi and (Andreas) Iniesta had theirs in their day. But patience is necessary.”
Setting the bar low for this season, Koeman continued: “Finishing in a high position this season will be a success.
“European football is a good school for these young players, but miracles cannot be expected in the Champions League. Last week’s defeat to Bayern Munich has to be seen with that perspective.”
Barcelona vulnerable to mooted Arsenal raid
Meanwhile, Arsenal are ‘maintaining contact’ with Barcelona over a midfield transfer, and the fee that could twist their arm has been revealed, according to a report.
Koeman wobbles questionable - Barça takes successor in the visor
After the clear bankrupt against the FC Bayern , the FC Barcelona got the next neck strike: against Kellerkind Granada, the Catalans did not go beyond a 1: 1 - the chair of Ronald Koeman wobbles.
Per Caught Offside, Arsenal have their sights set on landing a promising Barcelona star with his best years ahead. Citing Spanish outlet Todofichajes, Barcelona midfielder is reportedly on their radar.
The 22-year-old has failed to break into Koeman’s starting eleven this season. Seemingly not in the Dutchman’s plans, an opening is there for any club with the desire and money to pounce.
Arsenal fit that bill, and are described as ‘maintaining contacts’ with over his availability.
Despite significantly reducing their wage bill this summer, the article suggests they are still vulnerable in the market. An offer of around €20m could reportedly turn up the heat and ‘pressure’ them into selling.
Ronald Koeman's crushed reaction to Suarez scoring for Atletico vs Barcelona was pure pain .
Suarez was inexplicably sold to Atletico Madrid by Barcelona last summerThe Camp Nou faithful were gutted to see one of their greatest ever players leave in the summer of 2020 and the decision has been made to look all the more ridiculous in the 12 months since.