In a jumbled social media statement, Ronald Koeman’s agents slammed Barcelona and president Joan Laporta for their apparent hesitation to commit to the Dutchman.
Following a meeting on the future of the former Everton and Southampton manager, Rob Jansen, via his personal Twitter account and that of the Netherlands branch of agency company Wasserman, criticized their attitude.
“Imagine this: I want to marry you, but I’m not sure. Allow me two weeks to locate a more suitable spouse. We’ll get married regardless if I can’t locate the proper guy!” he wrote.
Koeman’s contract at the Nou Camp expires in a year, and Laporta indicated publicly that they are “evaluating” him, but Sky Sports News knows they are also considering alternative possibilities.
After Laporta replied at a news conference on Friday, his agents moved to ease anxieties about his health. The ex-Holland leader was recently rushed to hospital suffering a panic attack.
“The statements of FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta during today’s news conference on Ronald Koeman’s anxiety episode is excessive,” the business claimed.
“Ronald has had blood pressure tests at the hospital, which is a regular exam for persons with his medical history. We are sorry for how it was reported in the media. There’s nothing to be concerned about with Ronald. We arrived midway through the season and stated we would provide our opinion of the coach after the season,” Laporta said, referring to Messi’s new deal, the club’s financial woes, and the addition of new players.
“We always worked with the utmost regard for Ronald Koeman. The player who helped us win that fabled European Cup at Wembley. We stated we don’t believe in transitional seasons since he still has a contract. We’ve talked to him and will keep talking to him as we make further choices.”
Barcelona has been contacted by Sky Sports News for comment.
Lionel Messi will sign a new deal with Barcelona, according to Barcelona president Joan Laporta, who is “moderately confident.”
Messi’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the month. The 33-year-old staying with Barcelona for the 2020-21 season despite wanting to leave last summer.
Following a dispute over a provision in his contract, former president Josep Maria Bartomeu warned Messi. He would only be permitted to go if his €700 million release clause was fulfilled in full.
Messi, who had been linked with PSG and Manchester City, announced in December that he would wait until the end of the season to decide on his future. With only weeks remaining on his contract, Laporta is hoping to persuade the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to stay.