Ronald Koeman wants to stay in Barcelona “for the next three, four or five years”
Ronald Koeman has a tough season ahead of him. Working with Barcelona’s weakest side since Frank Rijkaard joined the club in 2003, he will need to recover from the loss of Lionel Messi and find a way to ensure that the Catalan club can play in La Liga and Ligue des champions.
His current Camp Nou contract expires at the end of the season, but the Dutchman has made it clear he wants to stay at the helm after it expires. Koeman, a Camp Nou legend as a player, is determined to be the man to make the most of the new generation and return Barcelona to their rightful place.
“I am open to a renewal, of course,” he said in comments from Diario Sport. “I am very happy to continue as Barcelona coach for many years to come, despite the difficult times at the club today. I think that thanks to our decisions, our coach and our technical team, Barcelona have young players with a great immediate future and I hope to be able to continue to be their coach for the next three, four or five years.
Barcelona opened the season with a 4-2 loss to Real Sociedad, followed by a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao and a narrow 2-1 loss to Getafe. They currently sit fourth in the table, behind Valencia, Sevilla and Real Madrid, and face Bayern Munich after the international break in their first Champions League game of the season.