The legendary Netherlands international Ronald Koeman has revealed his hopes of reuniting with Barcelona one day despite turning them down in January
Koeman, who spent six years of his football peak at the Camp Nou, was approached by the Catalans when they decided to cut ties with the former boss Ernesto Valverde.
However, currently in charge of the Netherlands, the 56-year-old Dutchman had to reject the prospect of the reunion due to his commitments to the national team.
Although the circumstances prevented him from taking over the reins from Valverde, Koeman is hopeful that he may face another opportunity to return to Barcelona.
“They called me, and I said no because of the commitment I have with my national team,” Koeman told the Spanish outlet Marca, as reported by Goal.com.
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“I don’t think it was a bad time.
“What happened is that I have my motives with the Netherlands.
“Barcelona can always win big things. They have very good players, they have options to sign the best players. If I’d have been out of a job, then sure, everyone likes Barcelona.
“It doesn’t matter what situation they’re in. I had my best spell as a player there, at Barcelona, and I have lots of love for the city. So, let’s hope that I can coach Barcelona one day.”
Koeman’s rejection has paved the way for Quique Setien to take command in the dugout, but his short tenure has already raised many questions.
Although the reigning La Liga champions sit top of the table, two points clear of Real Madrid, and remain in contention for the Champions League quarter-finals, Setien is far from meeting the expectations such a demanding post always require.