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Barcelona gives manager ultimatum on contract renewal

FC Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman faced the press on Wednesday to speak about his future with the club. According to him, club president Joan Laporta has laid out a number of conditions that need to be met before his contract can be extended. The Dutchman’s current deal expires at the end of this season.

Win trophies

Just like how it would be for any manager, and more so for the manager of a club like Barcelona, the president expects Koeman to deliver trophies. This is expected, as any coach knows that his job depends on results. However, Koeman is left with an extra complicated task of chasing silverware with a squad that was formed with the salary cap under consideration more than anything else. In other words, Koeman was not able to freely choose the players he wants to work with.

Lionel Messi had to leave as the club could not afford him, and a number of players were sold even though they may have been able to contribute to Koeman’s project. Most notable would be Antoine Griezmann, who is also going to make it more difficult for Barcelona by now providing his services back to La Liga holders Atletico Madrid.

Laporta dictates player choice