Dutch legend Ronald Koeman is said to be the new coach of Barcelona. But his latest comments about the Catalan giants have some worried about the fate of the captain, Lionel Messi.
Barcelona has indeed officially fired Quique Setien from the manager’s chair after the failure in the European Champions League.
The Catalan giants are believed to be considering several names of managers to manage Messi and his friends next season. From several names, rumors have strengthened on the club legend, Ronald Koeman.
Indeed, there has been no official announcement regarding the appointment of Ronald Koeman so far. However, a number of top European media and journalists believe that in the near future Ronald Koeman will be announced as the new coach of Barcelona.
In fact, as reported by Marca, the former Everton coach is currently talking with the KNVB [Dutch Football Federation]. The tactician has submitted his resignation from his post as coach of the Dutch national team so that he can handle Barcelona.
Meanwhile, Koeman and Barcelona have reached a Verbal agreement, aka just waiting for an official agreement to bind a work contract.
Talking about Ronald Koeman, in 2019, he actually had time to comment on Barcelona’s performance in the 2019/20 season.
His comments seemed to give an indication that he would kick out aging players, including Lionel Messi.
“Luis Suarez is more than 30 years old, Lionel Messi is more than 30, Gerard Pique is more than 30, Sergio] Busquets is more than 30. They still have a few years left, of course, but what after that ?,” Ronald Koeman told Esport3 on Tuesday. 2019 ago, quoted from Marca.
According to the 57-year-old tactician, Barcelona will have to make big changes to their squad if they are to continue to compete. There must be new, younger players recruited to become the main pillars of the club in the long run.
“You have to make changes because they are players with important positions in the team – all of them are the starting players,” said Ronald Koeman.
Barcelona itself has actually recruited several young players such as Arthur Melo, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, to Frenkie de Jong. However, none of them were successful with the Catalan giants.