Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman has revealed that the clause in his contract that would allow him to leave his role to take over at Barcelona will only become active after Euro 2021.
It was confirmed on Tuesday that due to the coronavirus, this summer's European Championships are postponed. Instead, the tournament will now
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The 56-year-old has now confirmed, however, that he will only be able to depart for Barcelona after Euro 2021 is complete. He said, as quoted by Marca:
Koeman has made no secret of his desire to one day manage the club he played for. However, Quique Setien is tied down to a contract with Barça until June 2022, after he was appointed to replace Ernesto Valverde in January.
Elsewhere, the former Everton manager described the postponement of this summer's tournament as a 'shame', but he did acknowledge the fact that he will now have the chance to include some high-profile stars, such as Memphis Depay, who could have missed the championships through injury.
"It's a lucky break, but it's a shame that the European Championship won't be played now," Koeman added. "We qualified at a good level, we were in good shape and we wanted to continue in this vein."