‘The clause only involves Barcelona… after Euro 2020’: Ronald Koeman reveals he can leave Holland for Nou Camp but not before next summer
- Ronald Koeman has his heart set on managing Barcelona in the future
- A clause in his Holland contract would allow him to leave after Euro 2020
- Koeman remains determined to lead Holland to a first tournament since 2014
Holland manager Ronald Koeman has revealed he plans to one day return to Barcelona as head coach, the club he represented as a player between 1989 and 1995.
The former Everton boss has confirmed that a clause in his Holland contract will leave him free to join Barcelona, but only after Euro 2020.
Director of football at the Dutch Football Association Nico-Jan Hoogma publicised the presence of a clause in the 56-year-old’s contract last month, one that would allow Koeman to return to the Nou Camp if Barca make an approach.
Ronald Koeman has revealed he plans to one day return to former club Barcelona as manager
Koeman won 10 major trophies with the Catalan club as a player and he says they are the only club that could persuade him to leave the Dutch national team set-up.
‘The reveal was a bit unlucky from Nico-Jan,’ Koeman told Fox Sports.
‘Let’s say it nicely. It shouldn’t have happened and we talked about that. You feed a rumour that isn’t interesting.
‘When I joined the Dutch national team they’ve asked me whether or not to share the info with everyone, but I don’t mind a little white lie once in a while.
The 56-year-old insists he remains determined to lead Holland to success at Euro 2020
‘The clause only involves Barcelona and it’s only valid for a moment after the Euro 2020. I’m not leaving now. That’s 100 per cent sure.’
Pressure is mounting on current Barca boss Ernesto Valverde. The reigning champions have already suffered shock defeats by Athletic Bilbao, Granada and Levante.
Koeman, who signed a four-and-a-half-year deal as Holland boss in February 2018, insists he remains fully focused on leading his team to Euro 2020.
‘In my opinion you join as a national coach for a two year period,’ added Koeman.
Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is under pressure after Saturday’s shock 3-1 defeat by Levante
‘After the Euros there will be an evaluation and maybe the KNVB says “We did so bad at the tournament, we won’t go on”. Then we won’t proceed.
‘But I have the opportunity to leave for one club and for one club only. I can easily say I won’t leave the Dutch national team for any other club in the world. I’ve mentioned quite often this is my dream club.
‘It was a slip of the tongue from Nico-Jan. Maybe he thought ‘everyone knows that already’.’