Ronald Koeman content to stay with Southampton, amidst Barcelona speculation

Ronald Koeman

Dutch coach Ronald Koeman refused to acknowledge whether he'd be interested in the Barcelona job, backing Luis Enrique to stay instead.

As an iconic former Barcelona player during the early 1990's, Dutchman Ronald Koeman remains to this day, a very popular figure amongst fans of the Catalan giants. However, the admiration doesn't end there.

One of the presidential election candidates having declared that if he wins the Barcelona presidency, amidst growing speculation about the future of treble-winning boss, Luis Enrique, he would appoint Ronald Koeman as replacement.

Taking the opportunity to respond directly to the speculation himself, appearing on the popular 'El Partido de las 12' radio show, Koeman simply pointed out: "I have a contract with Southampton, so now isn't the time to talk about that."

Furthermore, Koeman believes that despite rumours the current Barcelona manager could walk away: "Luis Enrique has to stay. He's done a great job and is responsible for the majority of the success the team has achieved."

The Southampton manager continued his praise for the Barcelona boss, explaining: "Luis Enrique deserves all the merit for this treble. The manager is the head of the team."

On the subject of Barcelona and winning the treble with Luis Enrique at the helm, Koeman was asked the difficult question as to whether this is the best Barça side of all time. He responded: "Winning the treble isn't easy, it's something huge, but I still think the Barça of Guardiola was the best."

Focusing more on his work in the Premier League, having guided The Saints to a highly creditable 7th position finish and a return to European competition, Koeman enthused: "We've competed with really big teams in England and we've achieved great results with Southampton."

As for comparisons between the quality of football between La Liga and the Premier League, when it comes to what he's tried to achieve with his team, Koeman assured: "There are teams that like to defend in the Premier League, but Southampton like to win by playing attractive football, and scoring goals."

Bookmakers in Spain currently have Koeman as favourite to succeed Enrique at Barcelona, should the Asturian coach opt to leave the Camp Nou this summer.

Southampton fans shouldn't be too worried yet though, as there seems to be no clear indication that Enrique will quit, especially with the backing of his players and having won the treble.

Likewise, the presidential candidate who has named Koeman as his managerial choice, isn't currently considered amongst the election favourites.

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