Full statement from Koeman as Barça coach skips questions on his future

The under pressure Dutchman opted against fulfilling his media duties on Wednesday

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman attended the media on Wednesday ahead of Thursday's game against Cadiz but he did not take questions.

Instead, Koeman read out a statement asking for support and time following the fallout from Monday's 1-1 draw against Granada at Camp Nou.

Full statement:

"Hello everyone, the club and the manager are carrying out a reconstruction process. The club's financial position is related to sporting matters and vice versa. That means we have to rebuild the football team, without making big investments. That needs time.

"The young talent we have can become world stars in a couple of years. The good thing about rebuilding the team is that the young players will have chances, like Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta did in their day. But we ask for patience.

"Finishing high in the league would be a success. European football is a good school for these young players but we can't expect miracles in the Champions League. The defeat to Bayern Munich has to be viewed from that perspective.

"The process we are in means the squad deserves unconditional backing. In words and in actions -- support the process we're carrying out. I know the press recognise this process.

"It's not the first time in the club's history that this happens. We count on your support in these difficult times. As a squad, we are happy with the support from the fans that we had in the game at home against Granada. Visca Barça and thanks for coming"

Minutes later, Barça's press department said the first team captains had been made aware of Koeman's intentions, but the statement was exclusively made by the coach.




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