Ronald Koeman wants the opportunity to manage Barcelona at some point in the future, according to the Dutch Football Federation’s Sporting Director Nico Jan Hoogma.
The club’s former centre-half has reportedly expressed his desire to manage the Catalan giants amidst speculation surrounding the future of current boss Ernesto Valverde.
Hoogma has admitted that there is a clause in Koeman’s current contract that would allow him to return to club management in 2020 but is optimistic that he will stay longer following their success in qualifying for next year’s UEFA European Championships.
Talking to Fox Sports, he said: “Agreements were reached in this regard [for Koeman to leave], but [teams] would have to pay to do so.
“The success of the Dutch national team can help him, but I hope we finish this process and work together until the World Cup in Qatar.
“I hope we can work together for a long time because I think it’s going very well.
“Ronald has always indicated that he wants to be a coach at Barcelona one day. We’ll see what happens.”
Despite their underwhelming start to the new campaign, Barcelona still sit top of the La Liga table and are favourites to lift the trophy come the end of the campaign at a price of 4/11 with Paddy Power.