Joan Laporta confirms Ronald Koeman will remain boss of Barcelona next season, offering the Dutchman a lifeline after a poor first season at the hotseat Nou Camp
- Barcelona have confirmed that Ronald Koeman will stay with the club next season
- The Dutchman has a mediocre campaign in the hot seat in the Nou Camp. guided
- However, Joan Laporta says Koeman will stay in dugout for 2021-22
- Barcelona have signed Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia for a big season
Joan Laporta has confirmed Ronald Koeman will remain in charge of Barcelona for the 2021-22 season, with the Dutchman being offered a lifeline after a poor debut season.
The former Everton and Southampton boss took over from Quique Setien last summer after their embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and was tasked with wrestling LaLiga back from Real Madrid.
However, Barca were eclipsed by Atletico Madrid to the Spanish title and crashed out of Europe in the last 16, sparking speculation about Koeman’s future. The Catalans won the Copa del Rey under the Dutchman.
Ronald Koeman to stay on as Barcelona manager for 2021-22, Joan Laporta has confirmed
The Catalans had a mediocre season under Koeman where they only won the Copa del Rey. won
But Barca chief Laporta confirmed on Thursday that Koeman would stay on after a meeting with the club’s board of directors.
“I would like to announce that, after a period of reflection, we have decided to move forward with Koeman,” said Laporta.
Koeman still has a one-year contract, but Laporta had announced that the club is considering keeping him in charge after the disappointing season.
Laporta said ‘after a period of reflection’ the club is confident Koeman will take charge next season
Barcelona are looking for reinforcements this summer and have signed Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia
The Dutchman’s lifeline means he will have the chance to turn the tide at the Nou Camp, with the club needing a big summer to close the gap on their Spanish rivals and progress in Europe.
Barca have already moved to secure the transfers of Manchester City duo Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero.
A product of the Barcelona academy, Garcia has long longed for a return to Spain, while Aguero’s arrival had been on the cards for a while.
Koeman is desperate to land compatriot Memphis Depay from Lyon in the shop window this summer
At 33, the Argentine’s signing underscores the mistake of letting sniper Luis Suarez leave for Atletico, where he won the title.
Koeman is desperate for Lyon’s compatriot Memphis Depay after seeing a transfer fail last summer after the club failed to sell Ousmane Dembele.
Barcelona have also secured Emerson Royal’s return from Real Betis for £7.8million and are believed to be close to revealing Georginio Wijnaldum on a free transfer from Liverpool.