Frenkie de Jong defends Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman and calls him ‘a good coach’ who he hopes to ‘stay’
Frenkie de Jong defends under fire Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman and insists he wants the ‘good coach’ to stay at Camp Nou…
- Barcelona eventually finished seven points behind LaLiga title winner Atletico
- The club was also eliminated from the Champions League after a 4-1 home loss
- A hat-trick from Kylian Mbappé in a gruesome match saw them leave in the eighth finals
- Midfielder de Jong defended the coaching skills of fellow countryman Koeman
Frenkie de Jong defended his pressured Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman and insisted he hopes Koeman will stay despite speculation to the contrary.
The Spanish giants were seven points behind the pace at LaLiga when Atletico Madrid won the title, and were eliminated from the Champions League in the round of 16 after an embarrassing 4-1 home defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
Despite the club’s unsuccessful season, Dutch international de Jong told Nu.nl that his fellow countryman Koeman is a good coach and said that he ‘hopes’ that the boss of Blaugrana will stay with the club.
Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has defended his under-fire manager Ronald Koeman
Koeman had a mixed first season as a manager at Barcelona, finishing third in LaLiga
He said, “Much is being written now. I no longer have any contact with people from the club, nor with Koeman, so I don’t know what’s going on. You hear what I hear. I will wait.
‘I don’t know if that’s true (that Koeman is leaving). I cannot judge that. All I can say is that I have a good relationship with Koeman. He is a good coach for me. So I hope he stays.
‘Barcelona is of course one of the biggest clubs in the world. If you don’t become a champion, there is always nagging. So in that sense, I am not surprised (that there is speculation). ‘
Dutch star de Jong described Koeman as a good coach and said he hoped he would stay
He reportedly survived crunch talks about his future with President Joan Laporta this month
Koeman won the Copa del Rey final to complete his first season at Nou Camp, but with just one year to go, his contract is strongly tied to a departure this summer.
sports mail reported earlier this month that the 58-year-old survived a crucial meeting with club president Joan Laporta to decide his future.
Nonetheless, Barcelona is still believed to be potentially eyeing legendary former midfielder Xavi, despite recently signing a two-year extension with his current employers, Qatari side Al-Sadd.