Ronald Koeman rejects Barcelona links

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman has dismissed speculation linking him with a return to Barcelona.

The former Barcelona defender has been linked with a move back to Spain, as a replacement for current boss Ernesto Valverde, with Dutch FA (KNVB) chief Nico-Jan Hoogma hinting that preliminary talks had already taken place.

Hoogma confirmed in an interview with Fox Sports, back in September, that Koeman does have a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave for Barcelona.

That was inserted into his contract when he took over as head coach in 2018, with the KNVB confirming they were only open to a clause involving his former club, and no other parties.

Hoogman confirmed that they wanted Koeman to stay on for the 2022 World Cup, but that if he wanted to leave, a compensation package would be negotiated with Barcelona.

However, according to reports in Marca this weekend, Koeman has dismissed any potential of a move away from La Oranje.

"I can safely say that I would not leave my position with the Dutch team for any club.

"I am not angry about the situation, as Hoogma and I have spoken about this.

"But the situation is now clear."

Koeman is regarded as a hero within the La Blaugrana fan base, after winning four La Liga titles and a European Cup as a player between 1990 and 1994, including scoring the winning goal in the 1992 European Cup final against Sampdoria.

He then returned as a assistant manager to Louis Va Gaal, winning another league title in Catalonia. 

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