Koeman is not going to be intimidated by Joan Laporta. Earlier this summer, the Barça president insinuated that during conversations to discuss whether the Dutch coach would continue, he would have to follow certain guidelines such as giving more prominence to players like Riqui Puig and Samuel Umtiti. The Dutch coach has responded to defend himself. In comments to NOS radio, which were picked up by Sport. “Laporta suggested that the coach doesn’t have all of the power, he said too much,” said Koeman, who is due to face the media on Monday to preview this week’s Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich – when he could be asked to go into more detail.
Koeman also came out with another controversial soundbite: “It’s thanks to me that this club has a future”. That is why, he explained, that he “is open to staying on” at Camp Nou. However, he did admit that there were moments over the summer when he had his doubts about whether to continue at Barcelona: “I think you should always try to make things clear. When you, as a club, are not clear about the future of the coach, there is going to be speculation. And if it is you, the coach, who tries to be clear, people don’t like it”. He also added that Memphis is ready to be the team’s new leader and made contact with Luuk de Jong on 8 August to discuss the possibility of him joining Barça.