Ronald Koeman tells Barcelona fans to ‘don’t believe anything you hear’ after Joan Laporta claimed the Dutchman was hospitalized for an anxiety attack … while his agent gives the president a ‘violation of privacy’.
- The Barcelona boss has tried to calm fears he had an anxiety attack this week
- The Dutchman has had discussions with chef Joan Laporta about his future at the club
- Laporta said Koeman had suffered an “episode,” but the coach dismissed the claims
- His agent slapped Laporta for a “invasion of privacy” after a routine check
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has allayed fears that he was anxious this week after going to the hospital for a routine check-up.
President Joan Laporta, who is in conversation with the Dutchman about his future at Nou Camp, claimed the coach had suffered an ‘episode’, but his agent insisted the comments were ‘total nonsense’.
Laporta said at a press conference on Friday: ‘He had an episode that meant he had to go to hospital, but he is doing well. I called him. ‘
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has been convicted for suggesting that Ronald Koeman suffered an anxiety attack
Koeman, who suffered a heart attack in 2020, told fans on Twitter: “ Don’t believe anything you hear. I am healthy, that’s all that matters in life! ‘
With Koeman’s future still in the air, Laporta’s words provoked an angry response from attorney Rob Jansen, who insisted that he had only been seen by a doctor to check his blood pressure and accused him of an ‘invasion of privacy’.
“It’s total nonsense,” said Jansen Algemeen Dagblad. ‘A president is not allowed to say such a thing at all, that is a violation of privacy.
‘Ronald only had his blood pressure measured. He has had a cardiac catheterization and is therefore checked every now and then. That’s all. ‘
Koeman is in talks with Laporta about his future as a manager at Nou Camp
The Dutchman is under great pressure because he failed to deliver the LaLiga title in his first year
Koeman’s team is furious with Laporta for his behavior in conversations with his client – suggesting the club chief was weighing up his options to become the next manager after reports claimed that Barça will be looking for a new boss for two weeks. .
A Tweet from Koeman’s Wasserman office – which has since been removed – read: ‘Imagine: I want to marry you, but I have doubts. Give me two weeks to find a better partner. If I can’t find the right person, we’ll get married anyway! ‘
It has been speculated that Laporta, who returned to the presidency in March, wants to drop the Dutch manager and appoint someone else.
It has sparked rumors that he will try to lure Pep Guardiola back to the Nou Camp from Manchester City.
Koeman won the Copa del Rey this season, but his side fell short in LaLiga, where they finished third behind champions Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. They were eliminated in the eighth finals by Paris Saint-Germain.
Laporta said: ‘There are no transition seasons at Barcelona. Because of the admiration we have for Koeman and the respect we have for him as a professional, we said we would evaluate him at the end of the season.
“We had a meeting and now we’ve set a date for next week to finalize the decision. He still has a one-year contract. ‘
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‘I want the understanding and acceptance of everyone involved in the project. I can tell Ronald what I think and vice versa; he can tell me, always with respect.
‘I told him what I had to tell him: that we evaluate and analyze the season.
‘We have a clear and direct relationship. He’s a coach who was already there, he still has a year [left on his contract]’.