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Ronald Koeman Admits Relief Over Barcelona Future Decision Following Miserable Debut Campaign

Barcelona President Joan Laporta publicly backed Ronald Koeman after a poor first campaign
Barcelona President Joan Laporta publicly backed Ronald Koeman after a poor first campaign / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Ronald Koeman has admitted he is relieved after being offered support by Barcelona president Joan Laporte following a disappointing debut campaign at Camp Nou.

Koeman took over from Quique Setien last summer and was expected to deliver silverware, but failed to reclaim the LaLiga title, finishing third in the league, behind rivals Real Madrid, and champions Atletico Madrid. Barcelona were also dumped out of the Champions League last 16 by Paris Saint-Germain, and Koeman had a ton of pressure to deal with.

However, Laporta revealed on Thursday that after "a period of reflection", the board had decided to stick with the 58-year-old and give him a chance to turn things around next season. And Koeman admitted he is "relieved with the support" of the board.

"I am relieved to say my players and staff can fully focus on the new season now," he wrote on social media. "The last few weeks have been intense, but I am glad that President Joan Laporta gave his support to me and calm has been restored. The focus of everyone in the club is the same: building a winning Barça and achieving success! #ForçaBarça."

Barcelona have already make their mark on the summer transfer window, bringing in Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia on free transfers from Manchester City, with Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay expected to join the Catalan giants in the next few weeks.

The club have also begun negotiations with Lionel Messi over a new deal, ensuring the Argentine does not leave Camp Nou amid continued interest from City and PSG.