Koeman takes aim at Barca as exit talk grows

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Underfire Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has suggested the club’s hierarchy are showing him a lack of respect by leaking stories about his future in what might prove his final news conference as the club’s coach.

The pressure on Koeman has increased following Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Benfica in the Champions League. Local media suggest he will be fired after Saturday’s league game at Atletico Madrid, regardless of the result.

Koeman remains in charge for now but he appeared to confirm that the stories that have surfaced in the aftermath of the defeat to Benfica are true.

“The club have said nothing to me,” Koeman said on Friday.

“I’ve learned that the president was [at the training ground] this morning, but I have not seen him.

“We’re preparing for Saturday’s game. I can’t say anything. But I have eyes and ears and I know a lot of things have been leaked, which I imagine are true, but no one has said anything to me.”

Asked about his relationship with Laporta, which has deteriorated since the president first tried to replace him in the summer, Koeman refused to answer. He also said there was no need to respond when asked if he felt he had been disrespected by the club.

“It’s not necessary to answer that,” he replied. “What do you think? It’s not even about being good or bad. For me, it’s the treatment that matters.”

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By FARPost Reporter