Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman has again discussed the idea of becoming Barcelona manager, refusing to rule out the possibility of joining the Catalan club next summer.
Koeman has an 'exit clause' in his contract which would allow him to join his former side, with the boss recently confirming that it only becomes active following the conclusion of the Netherlands' run in Euro 2020.
Speaking ahead of the Netherlands' meeting with Northern Ireland on Saturday (via Marca), Koeman again admitted he would be open to taking the job, but insisted he remains focused on his current position.
"[Joining Barcelona] is a possibility, but only after Euro 2020," Koeman said. "I don't know if I'll keep [talking about the Barcelona job] in the future because it's a bit strange to speak about the possibility of going to the club while you're the Netherlands coach."
Currently under contract until the end of the 2022 World Cup, Koeman has emerged as a serious candidate to replace under-fire Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde at the end of the current season.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has rubbished reports that Valverde could be sacked, insisting that they still see the Spaniard as the right man to lead the club going forward,
However, Valverde remains under intense pressure. Barcelona may sit top of the La Liga standings, but disappointing losses to the likes of Granada and Levante have left fans asking questions of the manager.
Their Champions League campaign has been equally turbulent. A recent 0-0 draw with Slavia Prague at Camp Nou only increased the pressure on Valverde, who has been held accountable by many for the team's shortcomings in Europe in recent seasons.
Having crashed out of the Champions League in spectacular fashion against Roma in the 2017/18 campaign, Barcelona fell to another humiliating defeat at the hands of Liverpool last season.
Barça are seemingly determined to give Valverde the chance to prove himself, but he certainly has a long way to go to win over the entire fanbase, and Koeman could be waiting in the wings.
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