Saints boss Koeman eyes future Barcelona return

Date published: Saturday 16th April 2016 3:11

Ronald Koeman: Perfect run for Leicester

Ronald Koeman: Perfect run for Leicester

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has raised doubts over his future by claiming he would like to return to Barcelona as manager. 

The Saints boss is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to agree a extension, despite the Southampton board reportedly proposing a “five year plan” to the 53-year-old.

Eight wins in the Premier League since the turn of the year has seen Southampton rise up the league table and emerge as outside contenders for a Champions League spot.

But Koeman has now raised fresh doubts over his future at St Mary’s by admitting he would like to manage Barcelona in the future, who he represented as a player in a successful six-year spell at the club.

The Dutchman, who scored 67 goals in 192 appearances for the Catalan giants, won four La Liga titles and scored the winning goal in the 1992 European Cup final at Wembley, making him a fan favourite at the Nou Camp.

And the Southampton boss admitted he would “like to go back” to his former club.

Koeman said: “If I go back to Barcelona it’s like feeling back at home and we have a fantastic understanding with each other.

“We had a great time together and if one day I get the possibility, of course I would like to go back.”

Koeman, who earned 78 Netherlands caps, has also showed interest in one day taking charge of his home country.

“It’s still one of my ambitions to be the national coach,” said the Dutchman.

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