Ronald Koeman in a match of the dutch national team


Koeman confirms his refusal to Barça: "I said no to replace Valverde"

Published:3/03/2020 - 21:19h

Updated:3/03/2020 - 21:19h

Ronaldo Koeman was one of the candidates that Barça considered to replace Ernesto Valverde. The Dutchman was one of the favorites, but he rejected the offer, as he himself has acknowledged in an interview

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When the FC Barcelona decided to do without the services of Ernesto Valverde began a cásting to find to the new Barcelona trainer. The culés, according to the informations that arose in his day, always had clear the order of preference of the candidates that sounded. Xavi Hernández was the big favourite, but after listening the offer of the Catalans, the current technician of the To the-Sadd decided to refuse it and remain in the group qatarí.

After the "no" of the of Terrassa, says that the blaugrana launched then to by Ronald Koeman, that also answered to the proposal with a refusal. The current seleccionador of Holland wanted to be in the Eurocopa with his country and did not want to accept commission of the team barcelonista to half of season. Several months afterwards, he same has recognised in an interview to Wave Zero that said "no" when the Barcelona interested by him.

"Yes that they called me weeks backwards. I said that no to the Barcelona because it was with the Dutch selection. It was not the moment", explained to 'The Compass of the Sport' the ex trainer of Valencia or of the PSV. After the refusal of the Dutch, the Barça decided to bet by Quique Setién, that did not doubt in accepting the offer to do charge of the team substituting to Valverde.

The ex defender blaugrana also referred to Frenkie of Jong, that is not shining as it expected in Can Barça. The technician thinks that the reason by which does not finish to explode is because they play in an unknown position for him. "Juega In a position to which is not accustomed. Neither with the Ajax played here, neither with me plays here, but are decisions of the technician. The most positive is that it plays a lot of parties", affirmed.

Koeman incidió In his compatriot and ensured that the most important is that it is being important in the Barcelona and that is having a lot of minutes. Nevertheless, the legend barcelonista insisted in that to his orders does not play as in the Barça. "Frenkie Is a very young footballer and to play parties learn things. But with me in the selection plays different", commented.

Of Jong is not comfortable in the diagram of the Barça

Neither Valverde in his moment neither Setién now are knowing take out the best of Of Jong. The Dutch can and has to give much more to individual level, but is the zone that occupies in the field what limits his game. It is playing too advanced and hardly sees him in the construction of the game, something that in the Ajax loved him. Also in Holland is the agent of the football of the 'orange' and is used to to shine whenever it jumps to the field. In the group blaugrana expects that also it do it, but has to be the Cantabrian trainer the one who help him planting him where more comfortable is.

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