Joan Laporta Confirms That Ronaldo Koeman Could be Handed New Barcelona Deal

By Amreen
Koeman could be handed a new Barcelona deal
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Ronald Koeman could be handed a new Barcelona deal, club president Joan Laporta has revealed.

Koeman's current contract expires in 2022, and Laporta has publicly backed the Dutchman to stay on at Camp Nou.

In an interview with Onze TV, the president admitted that discussions are underway between the club's board and Koeman's agent, Rob Jansen. "Koeman has all my support, my respect and all the confidence so that he can work as comfortably as possible," Laporta said.

"We have already spoken a couple of times with Rob Jansen, his agent, so we are talking. I told the coach that he has to be strong, he cannot be in the weak position of ending the contract, so I raised the possibility of extending the contract."

Ansu Fati was handed Lionel Messi's No 10 shirt after the Argentine departed for Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer, and Laporta believes Fati can be the "shining light" of the Barca team.

"We have never tried to transfer Ansu Fati," he added. "We try to preserve the players with presence and a very good future.

"I have heard that there was an offer of €100million (£86m), it came out in the newspapers, but at no time have we received it. Ansu has been very brave, He has accepted the '10', which no one wanted. He said he would accept it if the captains allowed it."

Barcelona have made an unbeaten start to the new campaign with two wins and a draw from their opening three LaLiga matches.