Laliga giants FC Barcelona have appointed Ronald Koeman as their new head coach after the sacking of Quique Setién.
Confirming the news on Tuesday, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said: “Ronald Koeman will be the new manager of Barcelona. He will lead the project.
“We bet on Koeman because of his experience, and that he believes in the Barça philosophy.”
Koeman comes in to replace Setien who was shown the door on Monday following their embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich over the weekend in the Champions League.
The new assignment means Koeman leaves the Netherlands national team job, which he had been overseeing since 2018.
Meanwhile, Bartomeu added that Lionel Messi won’t be leaving the club after the Argentine was linked with a move away. In the interview, the club president also confirmed that they had stopped negotiations with Inter for striker Lautaro Martinez, youngster Ansu Fati wasn’t for sale and that PSG was not willing to sell Neymar.
“Messi wants to end his career at Barça. I regularly speak to him and his father. Messi will stay here. Neymar back to Barcelona? PSG don’t want to sell him on this summer. We’re not in talks for Lautaro Martinez right now, we’ve stopped the negotiations with Inter at the end of June. We’ll see what will happen”
“We have offers for Ansu Fati, but he is not for sale. We are going to sell some players this summer because it’s time for a pay cut and to start a new project for Barcelona,” he added.
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