Southampton manager Ronald Koeman insists not even Barcelona could lure him away

Southampton manager and Barcelona icon Ronald Koeman has insisted that he will not walk out on the club like former manager Mauricio Pochettino did, even if the Nou Camp club came calling.

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Koeman won 10 trophies and amassed an incredible 88 goals from 264 games during his time from Barcelona, all from the centre of defence. The Dutchman claims however, that even if the Catalan giants came calling for his services, he would stay at Southampton.

In an interview in The Telegraph he said, “I am still young for the manager role. It is good to stay and be manager of Southampton. It is the best competition in the world.

“The longest period of my time as a player was at Barcelona and it’s normal that I have that feeling with them and they have that feeling with me, but there is no reason to be afraid about that.”

Southampton fans will be pleased to hear that Koeman has no plans to leave Saint Mary’s any time soon, “I am the manager of Southampton, and I have the contract for two years more. I have to respect my contract, I like to respect my contract and I am very happy.

Despite being tipped to fight relegation this season, Koeman has guided his south coast club to a respectable place – challenging for a European place at this late stage of the season. Southampton were even in the race for a top four spot until a spell of poor form saw them slip away at an important time.

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