The main Catalan media speak with one voice on this issue: Ronald Koeman has obtained a guarantee that he will be Barça’s coach next season.
The soap opera is coming to an end, unless there is a huge reversal of the situation, Ronald Koeman will continue his mission at Barça next season, announces the Catalan press. Under contract until 2022, the Batavian technician was under pressure after a disappointing season for the Catalan club, despite a victory in the Copa del Rey. The board of directors will meet on Thursday to ratify the retention of his coach, according to Catalunya Ràdio. Sport confirms that the information should be known in the next few hours, no later than the end of the week.
Laporta’s tactical demands
The Dutchman has agreed to convert part of his fixed salary into variables in his contract which binds him to the club until 2022, and provides for an optional year depending on the objectives achieved. This was one of the demands of President Joan Laporta, who would also have obtained sports guarantees from his coach.
The manager would have asked Koeman to practice more attacking football, demanding that the tactical scheme in 4-3-3 (with its variants) be a starting point for next season, according to the Cadena Ser. To allow this team to regain its shine, Koeman has already obtained reinforcements from Sergio Agüero and Eric Garcia, perhaps waiting for the Dutch Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay.
Keeping coach Ronald Koeman in his post could also work in favor of a Messi-Agüero duo next season. Regarding the contract extension of Lionel Messi, President Laporta said he was moderately optimistic. “We can make an offer (to Messi) within our means, he said.“ He deserves more and could get a better deal elsewhere, but I am sure he appreciates the efforts we are making. I think he wants to stay. For Leo, it’s not about the money, it’s about the victory. And that’s what we’re working on. “