Ronald Koeman: Everton manager ‘dreams’ of coaching Barcelona

Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman was assistant coach at Barcelona from 1998 to 2000

Everton boss Ronald Koeman dreams of coaching former club Barcelona, he has told Catalan newspaper Sport.

But the ex-defender, who spent six years at the Spanish club from 1989 to 1995, says he is committed to getting Everton into the Champions League.

Koeman, 54, is in the first season of a three-year contract having arrived from Southampton last summer.

He has been linked with a return to the Nou Camp after Luis Enrique said he was stepping down at the end of the season.

“I feel flattered and I like that they think about me,” the Dutchman said.

“Everyone knows I’m Barca, they know my love for the club where I grew up as a player and a person.

“In my life as a professional coach, I have two dreams to fulfil. One, to coach my national team, Holland. I could have done it but my obligation to Everton prevented me. My other wish, my other dream, is to one day coach Barca. That’s the truth.”

Everton are seventh in the Premier League with three games remaining and look certain to miss out on a Champions League place this year.

“We have a very powerful and exciting project and we’re going to strengthen as best as possible to try and reach the Champions League next season,” Koeman said.

Asked what he would do if Barca called, he replied: “That’s a hypothesis we cannot go into too much. In football, like in life, like in business, you can talk and discuss everything.”

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Koeman, a goalscoring defender, bagged 67 goals in 191 appearances for Barcelona

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