Barcelona President Joan Laporta has confirmed that Ronald Koeman will remain the manager next season. Koeman’s place at the helm was in doubt when the only piece of silverware they won was the Copa del Rey. They missed out on the league title and were knocked out in the Round of 16 of the Champions League. The Dutchman has one year left on his contract. Laporta quashed any reports that suggested that Koeman will not take charge next season.
“After this period of reflection, vice-president Rafael Yuste and I have agreed that we will continue with the current contract that Ronald Koeman has,” Joan Laporta said when asked about Ronald Koeman. “We are very pleased to see that these talks have borne fruit in a unity of judgment.”
Barcelona has been extremely active in the transfer window already and has brought in the likes of Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia as free transfers. Both their contracts at Manchester City were due to expire in July.
Aguero’s departure was announced by ex-Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola when he revealed that Aguero would not be renewing his contract at the end of last season. The 32-year old was absent for the majority of the season through injuries.
“We all know that Barcelona is the best club in the world so I think I made a great decision to be here and I hope to help the team,” Aguero said. “Of course it is a step forward in my career and hopefully I can help the team win things. I want to play and help this squad, and if the team does it well, I will be happy individually.”
“I want to send a big hug to everyone, to all the supporters I will try to give my best and hopefully the fans will enjoy my skills. They enjoyed me in other shirts but now I am here,” he added.