Ronald Koeman ‘is told by Barcelona that he MUST win LaLiga if he wishes to remain in charge at the Nou Camp beyond 2022’… and even then he will only be offered a 12-month extension
- Ronald Koeman is in the final year of his two-year deal as Barcelona manager
- But the Dutchman is under pressure to deliver the Spanish league title
- Barcelona fell short in LaLiga last season with a third place finish under Koeman
- They are now arguably weaker without Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann
- Koeman must also bring through academy products from La Masia set-up
Barcelona have reportedly told Ronald Koeman that he must win LaLiga this term if he is to be retained as manager for a third season at the Nou Camp.
The Dutchman took charge last summer at Barca but he could only guide his side to a distant third place in the Spanish top-flight after dropping out of the championship battle against Real Madrid and eventual winners Atletico Madrid late last season.
But according to Cadena SER, via Diario AS, despite a turbulent summer at the Nou Camp largely out of Koeman’s hands in relation to the transition in Barca’s squad, he must still win the league title to keep hold of his role under president Joan Laporta.
Barcelona have demanded the league title from Ronald Koeman if he wishes to remain as boss
Winning the championship is not Koeman’s only objective according to the report, with the former Barca player also tasked with bringing more youth players into the squad this term from the club’s famed La Masia setup.
Even if these tricky objectives are met, Koeman, who signed a two-year deal in 2020, would only be offered a 12-month extension onto his contract.
The 57-year-old was under pressure following Barca’s slump last term but the club decided to retain him for the upcoming season.
President Joan Laporta has overseen a turbulent summer at the Nou Camp off the pitch
Talented stars Lionel Messi (left) and Antoine Griezmann have been allowed to leave the club
But already the club look a weaker outfit than last term having been unable to offer Lionel Messi a new deal last summer, leading to their star player and talisman departing to Paris Saint-Germain for free, while Antoine Griezmann has been loaned back to title rivals Atletico.
Koeman was able to secure free transfers for the likes of Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero from Manchester City as well as Memphis Depay from Lyon, while also securing a deal for out of favour Sevilla forward Luuk de Jong late on in the transfer window.
In a turbulent summer, Barca did though improve the financial outlook of the club, with the offload in wages of around £73million for Messi and Griezmann freeing up a small budget to target improving the team.
Koeman failed with a deadline day bid to bring back former Barca academy player Dani Olmo to the club for £50million, but the Catalan giants remain keen on reviving a possible deal with RB Leipzig in time for the January transfer window.
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