Ronald Koeman is doing great things with the Dutch national team. They are headed to Euro 2020 and are considered as one of the potential favorites.
Valverde was inches away from getting sacked this summer.
However, after getting public backing of players led by Messi, he stayed as Barcelona manager.
One of the main candidates rumored to be replacing Valverde was the Dutch national team manager, Ronald Koeman.
Koeman is Barca’s club legend. He even scored the winning goal in Barcelona’s first-ever European Cup win in 1992 with a beautiful free-kick in extra-time.
The Dutchman didn’t hide his preference for managing Barca either.
This has been confirmed as KNVB director talked to Fox Sports, quoting Football Oranje, about Koeman possibly leaving for Blaugrana.
“I hope that we can work together for a very long time because I think it is going very well.
“But Ronald has long indicated that he wants to be a Barcelona trainer someday.
“Let’s see what will happen. Success at Oranje will certainly help him, just like everyone else helps us.
“But again: I hope the trajectory continues up to and including the World Cup in Qatar. ”
Finally, asked specifically about Barcelona clause, the KNVB director replied:
“Agreements have been made about that. They have to pay for that.”
The Netherlands are currently leading their Euro qualifiers group with Germany and Northern Ireland looming just behind.
Oranje are tied with Germany, but with better head-to-head, and three points ahead of Nothern Ireland.
On the other hand, Barca are also on top of La Liga. Valverde retained control after a potential crisis at the beginning of the season.
It should be interesting to see if Barca go for Koeman after Valverde finishes his stint in Catalonia.