As expected in recent hours, Barça has confirmed Ronald Koeman in his coaching duties. According to the Catalan press, the Dutch technician has lowered his salary.
The change will therefore be at the margin but not on the bench. Joan Laporta spoke on Thursday to formalize the news: Ronald Koeman remains Barça’s coach for next season.
“After a period of reflection, I announce to you that we confirm the contract in force of Ronald Koeman, announced the president of the club. We are very satisfied with our exchanges, which concluded on a unity of points of view concerning what ‘we have to do next season and on the assessment of what has happened this season. ” By insisting on the “frankness” of the conversations between the two men. “We believe that keeping Ronald Koeman is the best thing for Barça,” concluded the manager.
A declining salary
After several weeks of hesitation and even tension, the two parties therefore came to an agreement. According to Sport, the Dutch technician has accepted a salary adjustment: clearly, his contract assumes a lower salary but with various bonuses that can be activated depending on the results and titles gleaned by the team. Ronald Koeman is therefore leaving for a year, with an additional year as an option.
The adjustments will therefore be made elsewhere. Earlier today, FC Barcelona recorded the return of Jordi Cruyff, son of club idol Johan Cruyff, in the role of technical director. This news is in line with what the Catalan press reported on Wednesday concerning the demands of Joan Laporta, who would demand a return to the game which has become the essence of Barça, according to the principles of Johan Cruyff.
The transfer window should continue in the direction of arrivals. After the signings of Sergio Agüero and Eric Garcia, the club seem very close to registering those of Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay. Two free Dutch and whom Koeman knows very well since his time at the head of the Netherlands.