Koeman ‘dreams’ of Barca job

Ronald Koeman admits it is a ‘dream’ of his to manage Barcelona, but only after taking current club Everton into the Champions League.

The Dutchman famously netted the winning goal to secure Barca’s first ever European Cup triumph against Sampdoria at Wembley in 1992 and netted 88 La Liga goals for the club, who he later coached at under Louis Van Gaal.

He has since been one of a number of names linked to replace outgoing Coach Luis Enrique at the Camp Nou this summer, although he is no longer considered to be one of the favourites for the role.

"I feel flattered and I like that I am thought of,” Koeman told Diario Sport.

"Everyone knows I'm a Barca man, they know my love for the club where I grew as a player and a person. And like everyone, I am an ambitious person – I think there are always things left to be done.

"I am at Everton, which is also an important project. The club want to strengthen and want to play in the Champions League, but of course I have dreams as a person."

Koeman continued he felt "a lot of love" for Barcelona and added: "To one day be the manager of Barcelona… perfect.

"Another dream is to be the Holland manager. Both Barcelona and Holland, if there is a chance in the future – and the future can be very long – I would be delighted.

"Real Madrid? I respect them as a team and an institution, but someone as significant as I am with Barca, with their history, couldn't coach them."

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