Ronald Koeman admits Barcelona exit is possible amid sack rumours

By Amreen
Ronald Koeman admitted that rumours of his sacking are 'true'
Ronald Koeman admitted that rumours of his sacking are 'true' / Gualter Fatia/Getty Images

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman hit out during a press conference saying he is tired of defending himself but admitted the rumours of his possible sacking are "true".

Koeman is under pressure following Barca's form of late - the Catalan giants have won just one of their last five games, and were beaten 3-0 by Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The club have gone through a tough summer where due to their financial woes they were unable to bring in new signings and also had to let go of Lionel Messi, who eventually joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

Koeman insisted that he is not ignorant to the rumours about his departure during a press conference on Friday. "The club have said nothing to me," Koeman said on Friday via ESPN. "I've learned that the president was [at the training ground] this morning, but I have not seen him.

"We're preparing for Saturday's game. I can't say anything. But I have eyes and ears and I know a lot of things have been leaked, which I imagine are true, but no one has said anything to me."

The Dutchman was also quizzed about his record at Camp Nou, and a frustrated Koeman replied: "I'm tired of defending myself. It doesn't make any sense. People who know can analyze it. We have assumed changes in the club.

"This is for you, there will be people who think it is disrespectful, But that is not for today. One day I would like to talk about everything I think. That is true."

He was also asked about his current relationship with Barca president Joan Laporta, but the 58-year-old refused to comment on that, and said: "I'm not going to answer that question".

Jurgen Klopp is reportedly on the club's five-man shortlist to replace Koeman, along with Roberto Martinez, Xavi Hernandez, Erik ten Hag, and Andrea Pirlo.