“I Said No To Barcelona”

The current Netherlands coach, Ronald Koeman, said during the Nations League group stage draw in Amsterdam that he had turned down the offer to become the Barcelona coach after Ernesto Valverde was sacked.

The defeat this Sunday in the ‘Clasico’ against Real Madrid left Barca immersed in loads of doubts which, far from disappearing, seem to be increasing as time passes.

This week it will be two months since Ernesto Valverde was fired and Quique Setien was brought in to replace him. The stats are not good for the former Betis coach either though.

One of the last news stories which caused the Barca coaching staff to be questioned was the attitude of Eder Sarabia, the number two to Setien, during the match against Real Madrid. He was getting very angry with his players and making it clear to them in no uncertain terms.

The latest development involves Ronald Koeman, the Netherlands coach. He was at the Nations League draw in Amsterdam.

The ex-Barca footballer spoke to the media after the draw and confirmed that Barca contacted him to try and get him to take over as manager after Valverde’s dismissal.

“Yes, I was called weeks back. I said no to Barca because I was with the national team. It was not the moment,” the Dutchman told the media.

“He is a very young player and you learn things by playing games. He plays differently for me in the national team,” the Holland manager added.

In addition, Koeman referred to Frenkie de Jong and his adaptation to the Catalan side: “The positive thing is that he is playing a lot of matches, but he is playing in a different position to what he is used to. He did not play in that position at Ajax and he does not do that for Holland either, but they are the coach’s decisions.”

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