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Koeman: I hope to coach Barcelona one day

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Ronald Koeman insists he rejected the Barcelona job due to his commitment with the national team.

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman was among the first few names to come into consideration when Barcelona was looking to replace Ernesto Valverde in January.

The Dutchman, who was part of their ‘dream team’, helped Barca win numerous trophies during his playing days due to which he is still considered a legendary figure among the fans.

Koeman served as the assistant manager to Guus Hiddink after hanging up his boots back in 2000. He has been ever since linked with taking a managerial role.

Although he is tied to the Netherlands national team currently, the 56-year-old can see himself leading the charge at Camp Nou in the future.

“They called me and I said no because of the commitment I have with my national team,” Koeman said, according to Marca.

“I don’t think it was a bad time. What happened is that I have my motives with the Netherlands. If I’d have been out of a job then sure, everyone likes Barcelona.

“It doesn’t matter what situation they’re in. I had my best spell as a player there, at Barcelona, and I have lots of love for the city. So, let’s hope that I can coach Barcelona one day.