Netherlands coach has clause allowing him to join Barcelona
Netherlands coach has clause allowing him to join Barcelona
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Netherlands coach has clause allowing him to join Barcelona

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman has a clause in his contract which allows him to leave the team should Laliga giants Barcelona come calling.

According to  KNVB director Nico-Jan Hoogma while FOX Sports NL, the tactician whose goal won Barca their first-ever European Cup in 1992, has long admired to go back and coach the Catalan side in future.

"I hope that we can work together for a very long time because I think it is going very well but Ronald has long indicated that he wants to be a Barcelona coach someday.

"Let's see what will happen. Success at Oranje will certainly help him, just like everyone else helps us. But again: I hope the trajectory continues up to and including the World Cup in Qatar," he said.

Contract Clause

Asked whether there was a specific Barcelona clause, Hoogma added: "Agreements have been made about that. They have to pay for that."

Koeman has changed the fortunes of the Netherlands since taking over in February 2018. He led the team to the UEFA Nations League final. His heroics in the Euro qualification has seen him being linked with a move back to Barca.

His contract with the Netherlands expires after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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