Koeman meets Barcelona president amid future doubts

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Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman met with club president Joan Laporta on Thursday with the club’s board uncertain over the Dutchman’s future

Koeman still has one year left on his contract at the Camp Nou, but reports earlier this week suggested that there were doubts among the board regarding his future at the club.

Despite the doubts, sources close to the club have told ESPN that Koeman could yet fulfill his contract due to lack of credible alternatives.

Sources close to the club also told ESPN earlier this week that Barca had contacted Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick’s representatives to sound out his availability this summer.

However, Barca were told that Flick, who announced in April that he would leave Bayern at the end of the season after leading the team to a Treble in 2020 and to the Bundesliga title this campaign, is expected to replace Joachim Low as Germany coach.

Koeman met with Laporta and Barca’s sporting vice president, Rafa Yuste, two days after Barca’s 3-3 draw with Levante, a result that further hindered the Blaugrana’s title hope

However, all three left the restaurant smiling and Laporta stressed that the meeting was routine, calling it “a normal meeting between a coach and a president.”

Asked if the meeting had gone well, Koeman, who has been under pressure with some club directors feeling a fresh start is needed even if Barca were to win La Liga, said: “Very well. Good atmosphere.”

Koeman did speak after Tuesday’s draw and was asked if he feared for his job.

He said: “That’s not one to answer now but after the last game of the season.”

Koeman is no stranger to exit speculation as it has surrounded him since Barcelona’s presidential elections in March.

Barca were reportedly eyeing Julian Nagelsmann, who is leaving RB Leipzig at the end of the season to take over for Flick in Munich, to replace Koeman after Laporta returned to the hot seat.

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