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Ronald Koeman's Agent Slam Barcelona President Joan Laporta for "Violation of Privacy"

Ronald Koeman has held talks with chief Joan Laporta over his future at the club
Ronald Koeman has held talks with chief Joan Laporta over his future at the club / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman's representatives have hit out at club president Joan Laporta for suggesting that the Dutchman suffered an anxiety attack.

Koeman visited the hospital for a routine health check-up, but Laporta, who is holding talks with the 55-year-old over his future at Camp Nou, claimed the coach suffered an "episode", but his agent insisted the comments were "total nonsense".

Laporta said at a press conference on Friday: "He had an episode that meant he had to go to the hospital, but he's well. I called him".

Koeman, who suffered a heart attack in 2020, told fans on Twitter: "Don’t believe anything you hear. I am healthy, that’s all that matters in life!"

And Rob Jansen, Koeman's agent, took to social media to hit out at the Barca president. "Imagine: I want to marry you, but I have doubts," he posted, in a tweet that has since been deleted. He added, "Give me two weeks to find a better partner. If I can't find the right person, we will get married anyway!"

Jansen insisted his client had visited the doctor to check his blood pressure and accused Laporta of a "violation of privacy". "It's total nonsense," the coach's agent told Algemeen Dagblad.

He concluded, "A president is not allowed to say things like this at all, that is a violation of privacy.
Ronald only had his blood pressure measured. He has had a cardiac catheterization and is therefore checked every now and then. That's all it is."

Koeman's future has been a topic of much discussion following Barcelona's disappointing season, with reports suggesting Laporta, who returned to the presidency in March, wishes to dispense with the Dutch manager and appoint someone else.