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newsfootball7 days ago

Need to be able to control how we play and who I pick, asserts Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman has strongly implied that he must be the one in charge of deciding who gets to play in the starting XI and not the members of the board of the Spanish side. The Dutchman is on the verge of signing a new deal but insisted that the club president should not be able to decide who plays.
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newsfootball9 days ago

We still have to be realistic but Barcelona have great team, gushes Ronald Koeman

Despite all their summer business, Ronald Koeman believes that Barcelona still have a great team that is capable of doing big things this season although the Dutch boss did admit to being realistic. The La Liga giants lost Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann this summer but signed five new players.
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newsfootball11 days ago

Reports | Antoine Griezmann took 40% pay-cut to re-sign for Atletico Madrid on loan

According to Goal, Antoine Griezmann took a 40 percent wage cut in order to re-join Atletico Madrid from Barcelona on loan for the remainder of the 2021/22 season. The 30-year-old endured a torrid time at the Camp Nou after his move in 2019, making just 102 appearances for the La Liga giants.
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newsfootball13 days ago

Things were complicated because I had no communication with Koeman, admits Miralem Pjanic

Miralem Pjanic has admitted that his stint at Barcelona was complicated due to the non-existent communication he had with manager Ronald Koeman. Pjanic follows a long list of players who left the club over the summer as they looked to reduce their wage bill amidst their financial woes.
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newsfootball15 days ago

Reports | Barcelona still looking for way to get Miralem Pjanic off their wage bill

According to ESPN, Barcelona are still looking at potential options to get Miralem Pjanic off their wage bill before transfer windows all across Europe close. The 31-year-old signed for the club last summer but has failed to make any sort of impact, with 30 appearances for the Camp Nou side.
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newsfootball19 days ago

Barcelona have to be realistic because we can’t compete with other clubs, proclaims Ronald Koeman

In light of their lack of spending, Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has admitted that while he understands the fans' frustrations, the club needs to be realistic about their finances. The La Liga giants are in serious financial issues and have thus struggled to register new signings this summer.
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newsfootball24 days ago

Reports | Jordi Alba to take wage reduction to further decrease Barcelona's wage bill

According to reports from ESPN, Jordi Alba will follow Gerard Pique in accepting a pay cut to help Barcelona decrease their wage bill under La Liga regulations. The Spanish international is understood to have reduced his wages by 25 percent and has also deferred a part of his salary.
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newsfootballa month ago

Reports | Tottenham hold talks with Ilaix Moriba’s agents over potential move to North London

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham have reportedly held a discussion with Ilaix Moriba’s agent over the possibility of the young starlet signing for the North London side. The 18-year-old is in a contract standoff with Barcelona and has been reportedly demoted by the club to their B team.
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newsfootballa month ago

Do count on Philippe Coutinho because he’s great player, claims Ronald Koeman

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has revealed that Phillipe Coutinho will get a second chance this season after Lionel Messi left and that he counts on the Brazilian. The attacker signed for the La Liga giants from Liverpool for a £142 million, with add-ons, but has struggled to make an impact.
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newsfootballa month ago

Barcelona have to close the book because we have to focus on new season, admits Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman believes that Barcelona need to move on from Lionel Messi and close the book on the Argentine’s time at the club as they need to focus on the new season. The 34-year-old left the club after spending more than twenty years at the Camp Nou, signing for PSG on a free-transfer.
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