Laporta reveals the fate of Koeman .. Will he continue in Barcelona?
Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirmed today, Thursday, that coach Ronald Koeman will continue with the team next season, after agreeing to extend the contract. Koeman, appointed by former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu last August, led the club to win the King’s Cup in his first season with the team. But Barcelona finished disappointingly third in Spain’s top flight football, prompting speculation that the club might be looking for a replacement. The Dutch coach was afraid of dismissal in light of the renewal movement led by the new administration, but his meeting in Laporta was satisfactory to him, a few days ago, as he came out smiling and confirmed to the media that the negotiations went as he wished. Laporta waited for a while to think and consider the suggestions on his table, and after being convinced of the work Koeman presented despite the difficult circumstances he found when he supervised the team, he decided to continue and give him the opportunity to work again with the team’s stars. “After a period of analysis and reflection, we have decided to continue coach Ronaldo Koeman according to the current contract,” Laporta said. There were also contacts between the president and team cadres, such as Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique, to learn about the stability of the group during the Dutch coach’s tenure, which facilitated the decision to continue it for at least another season. Next season will be important for Koeman and decisive for his career with Barcelona, after the board of directors provided solutions in some positions, and brought in international stars such as striker Sergio Aguero, defender Eric Garcia and Emerson, which gave strength to the squad that performed poorly throughout the season, despite winning the Cup title. King.