Ronald Koeman and Manuel Pellegrini have effectively ruled themselves out of the running to become the next Barcelona Coach.
The Premier League duo have been reportedly targeted by La Blaugrana following their fruitful campaigns with Southampton and Manchester City respectively and increasing speculation surrounding the future of Luis Enrique.
However, Koeman – a key component of Johan Cruyff’s Barca ‘Dream Team’ between 1989 and 1995 – maintained his happiness on the English South Coast, having only been appointed as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor in June.
“If teams like Barcelona lose games there is always a lot of critics, rumours, speculations,” the former Netherlands defender was quoted as saying by The Guardian at Southampton’s training ground.
“And I know that, because my whole life I am linked to Barcelona. But it is not a time to talk about that. It is not respectful to the people of Southampton or Barcelona.
“I am very happy to be here. I started a contract in Southampton, and I like to respect my contract and the people.”
In addition, Pellegrini – who was linked with the position yesterday – spoke of his intention to continue at Man City after guiding them to the League title in his first season at the helm.
“I am very happy. I have a contract for this year and one more. I hope I will continue,” the Chilean noted, according to the BBC.