Koeman open to Barca extension

08 September 2021 21:46:10 GMTPlus11
Ronald Koeman mulls Barcelona extension

Ronald Koeman says he would like to be in charge of Barcelona for "many more years", but insists the club must have full faith in him if they are to extend his tenure.

The Catalans have made an unbeaten start to their La Liga campaign, taking seven points from three games to sit fourth in the standings, and they are 9/2 to win the title, while deadly rivals Real Madrid are 10/11 and defending champions Atletico Madrid are 5/2.

I am always open to listen and stay for more years here.

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It has not been an easy pre-season for Barcelona, who had to watch Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer after they were unable to offer him a new contract due to financial constraints.

Antoine Griezmann also left the Camp Nou to rejoin Atleti on an initial one-year loan, while Emerson Royal was also sold late in the window after a bid from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur was accepted.

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Barca did manage to bring in Dutch striker Luuk de Jong, who has been backed by the manager to succeed, while Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia all arrived on free transfers to strengthen the ranks.

Koeman is hoping for a successful campaign, as he attempts to deliver Barcelona's first La Liga title since 2018/19, and he revealed he would entertain the thought of extending his contract, which expires next summer.

"A renewal with conditions? I am always open to listen and stay for more years here, but the power has to come from the coach," he told Mundo Deportivo. "And it cannot be that there are doubts because if there are doubts on the table, the coach does not have this power."

He added, when speaking to SPORT: "I would like to continue here for many more years and be the coach of the new generation of young footballers at the club."

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