04 May Koeman wants Barca
Everton manager Ronald Koeman dreams of coaching former club Barcelona but insists he is committed to the challenge of getting the Toffees into the Champions League first.
The former defender, who spent six years at the Nou Camp between 1989 and 1995, has regularly been linked with a return to his old club after Luis Enrique announced he was stepping down at the end of the season.
Koeman, in the first season of a three-year contract having arrived from Southampton last summer, has previously dismissed the Barcelona links and stressed he has a job to do on Merseyside.
However, that has not stopped him admitting his ambitions stretch to a return to the Spanish giants.
“Everyone knows that I am from Barca, they know my love for a club where I grew up as a player and as a person,” he told Catalan newspaper Sport.
“In football, as in life, as in business, everything can be talked about and discussed.
“In my life as a professional coach I have two dreams to fulfil. One, coach the selection of my country, Holland (he was previously assistant to Guus Hiddink for the 1998 World Cup)
“My other wish, my other dream, is to one day coach Barca. That’s the truth.
“I now owe to Everton. We have a very powerful and exciting project and we will reinforce our best to try to reach next season the Champions League.”