Ronald Koeman ‘is told by Barcelona that he MUST win LaLiga if he wants to keep the lead at Camp Nou after 2022’… and even then he will only be offered a 12-month extension
- Ronald Koeman is in the last year of his two-year contract as Barcelona manager
- But the Dutchman is under pressure to deliver the Spanish national title
- Barcelona fell short in LaLiga last season with third place under Koeman
- They are now arguably weaker without Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann
- Koeman also to bring in academy products from La Masia lineup
Barcelona have reportedly told Ronald Koeman that he must win LaLiga this season if he wants to be detained at the Camp Nou for a third season as manager.
The Dutchman took charge at Barca last summer, but he was only able to lead his side to a distant third in the Spanish top tier after falling out of the championship battle against Real Madrid and eventual winner Atlético Madrid late last season.
But according to Cadena SER, via Diario ASDespite a turbulent summer at the Camp Nou that has largely been in Koeman’s hands as he transitions into Barca’s roster, he still needs to win the league title to maintain his role under President Joan Laporta.
Barcelona have demanded the league title from Ronald Koeman if he wants to stay as boss
Winning the championship is not Koeman’s only goal, according to the report, with the former Barca player also tasked with bringing more youth players into the squad this season from the club’s famed La Masia line-up.
Even if these tough targets are met, Koeman, who signed a two-year contract in 2020, would only be offered a 12-month contract extension.
The 57-year-old was under pressure after Barça’s slump last season, but the club decided to keep him for next season.
President Joan Laporta has accompanied a turbulent summer at Camp Nou off the pitch
Talented stars Lionel Messi (left) and Antoine Griezmann are allowed to leave the club
But the club are already looking weaker than last season as they failed to offer Lionel Messi a new contract last summer, leaving their star player and talisman free to Paris Saint-Germain, while Antoine Griezmann has been loaned to title rivals Atletico.
Koeman was able to secure free transfers for the likes of Manchester City’s Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero and Lyon’s Memphis Depay, while also securing a deal for Sevilla striker Luuk de Jong late in the transfer window.
In a turbulent summer, however, Barca improved the club’s financial prospects, with wages of around £73 million for Messi and Griezmann freeing up a small budget to improve the team.
Koeman failed in a bid on the deadline to bring former Barca player Dani Olmo back to the club for £50 million, but the Catalan giants remain keen to close a potential deal with RB Leipzig in time for the January transfer window. to breathe life into.