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Ronald Koeman Insists Barcelona Isn't at "Required Level" and Needs a 'Squad Overhaul' in the Summer

Ronald Koeman is unhappy with Barcelona's current squad level
Ronald Koeman is unhappy with Barcelona's current squad level / David Ramos/Getty Images

Ronald Koeman has claimed that the current Barcelona squad isn't up to the required level and that a massive overhaul needs to be made in the summer.

The Catalans fell out of the LaLiga title race and finished third, behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, and are still trying to tie down club talisman, Lionel Messi, to a new contract. Koeman admitted that keeping Messi at Camp Nou is of utmost importance, but feels the club need to support the Argentina superstar with quality additions.

“When we arrived we took the template that was available," Koeman said following the 1-0 win at Eibar on the final day. "[Sergino] Dest only came on the last day. For me this squad is not made to have the level that it demands and that we want for Barcelona.

"There are older players with all due respect. And there are young players who have to gain more experience to be better. The project is not done, in one season you can not do everything."

The pressure is on Koeman in Catalonia, but the Dutchman is remaining 'calm' over his position as Barcelona coach. "I think it's not the last [game]. I have a contract and I don't know what we will do. You talk a lot about this topic, but I am calm. If there is something that the club wants to change, it has to talk to me."

Koeman also hit out at the club's board earlier this week, claiming that he has not been supported by them as he continues to be in the dark over his future. "You need to respect your coach and players more," said Koeman ahead of his side's trip to Eibar. "In the last part of the season I've not felt the support of the club. We've not spoken about the future. There's been times when I've had to be a spokesman for the club and that should be noted."