Koeman arrives in Barcelona

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Dutch national team coach Ronald Koeman landed at the El Prat airport in Barcelona on Tuesday to complete the contract that will make him manager of Barcelona for the next two seasons.

Koeman spent Tuesday morning at the Netherlands’ headquarters to negotiate being released from his contract with the national team, whom he has coached since 2018 and led to qualifying for Euro 2020.

The 57-year-old’s imminent arrival will be the third phase of a restructuring of the club which began with coach Quique Setien’s sacking on Monday and continued on Tuesday as sporting director Eric Abidal agreed to terminate his contract.

Earlier on Tuesday, when the former Barca player was asked if he wanted to return as manager, he said: “I’d like to, but it’ll only be confirmed once I’ve signed the deal.

“Until then, I cannot say any more about it – even though I’d like to.”

Koeman, who played for the Catalan giants between 1989 and 1995 and helped the club to four league titles and the European Cup, has a contract with the Dutch FA which runs until the 2022 World Cup.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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