Valverde under more pressure as Koeman's Barcelona clause is revealed


Valverde under more pressure as Koeman's Barcelona clause is revealed

The Netherlands' national team manager has increased the pressure that is already on current Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, by confirming that he has a special clause with Barcelona.


Two weeks ago, Nico-Jan Hoogma, the sporting director of the KNVB, the Dutch football federation, revealed on 'Good Morning Eredivisie', a TV programme broadcasted on the Dutch Fox Sports, that Koeman has a clause that he could only leave his post if he was offered the Barcelona job.


Hoogma said that "Ronald has always indicated that he wants to be a coach Barcelona one day. We'll see what happens."


He also added that "Success with the Dutch team can help him but I hope we finish the process and will be together until the World Cup in Qatar . I hope we can work together for a long time, because I think it's going very well."


Koeman had his say on the matter on the same channel last weekend, saying "It’s only about Barcelona and only about a moment after the European Championships. I am not leaving now, that is one hundred per cent certain."


Valverde is currently under extreme pressure, even though Barcelona are still at the top of La Liga and are on their way to qualifying to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, but the dire performances in some of the matches this season have been too bad to ignore.


Koeman was part of the Johan Cruyff's legendary dream-team during the 90s, winning four La Liga titles, a European Cup, a European Super Cup, a Copa del Rey, as well as three Supercopa de Espana.


The Dutchman became a fans' favourite during his time there, becoming renowned for his goalscoring ability despite being a centre-back and a holding midfielder, scoring a total of 67 goals from 192 La Liga appearances, plenty of which coming from free-kicks.