Ronald Koeman has revealed he rejected the chance to become Barcelona head coach in January.
Barcelona wanted Koeman to replace Ernesto Valverde in January but the Netherlands boss has admitted he opted to reject the offer. The Catalans had originally wanted to lure Koeman to Nou Camp this summer after the EURO 2020 but decided to dismiss Valverde after registering poor results in the first half of the season.
"They called me and I said ‘no’. Because of the commitment, I have with my national team. After two years, I have the possibility of carrying on. It’s two plus two. So after the Euros (now put back to 2021 amid the coronavirus crisis) will be the time to assess," he said.
"Two years for each tournament. I can’t leave the Netherlands three months before a competition."
Asked if he thought the timing was not right because of Barcelona’s problems, he said: "No, I don’t think it was a bad moment. It’s just that I had my reasons with the Netherlands. Barcelona can always win important things. They have very good players, the chance to sign the best footballers. If I had been out of work, of course, everyone likes Barca."