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Koeman fires warning over his future as Barcelona presidential election looms


Ronald Koeman has sent a pointed message to Barcelona’s presidential candidates ahead of this weekend’s election.

Barca’s members, known as socios, will cast their votes this Sunday to elect the club’s new president following Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resignation last October.

On the ballot paper are Victor Font, Toni Freixa and Joan Laporta, who served as president during a golden era between 2003 and 2010.

Each candidate will have his own vision to take Barcelona forward and Laporta – who is believed to be favourite to win the election – is reportedly sizing up Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to be the Catalans’ next manager.



Koeman has sent a warning to the three presidential candidates
Koeman has sent a warning to the three presidential candidates

But Koeman, who was appointed to the Camp Nou hot seat last summer, has warned there will be “problems” if he is not a part of the new president’s plans.

“I have not spoken with anyone. We have to wait for who comes in as president and his plan,” Koeman told reporters as he was quizzed on his future on Tuesday.



Laporta is reportedly the frontrunner for the election
Laporta is reportedly the frontrunner for the election

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“If I do not see an important future for me we are going to have problems, because I have one more year on my contract.”

Koeman also addressed the turmoil Barcelona find themselves in after Bartomeu, CEO Oscar Grau and two other current or former executives were arrested over the ‘Barcagate’ scandal on Monday.

“When I heard the news I was devastated because I know Bartomeu and Grau well,” said Koeman.

“I feel bad for them, I had good moments with them in a short space of time and Bartomeu has always been an exceptional person to me.

“It’s not good for the image of the club but we have to wait and see what happens (with the investigation). I wasn’t here then so I can’t talk about it, we just have to focus on our job and in turning the tie around tomorrow.”

Barcelona host Sevilla in the Copa del Rey semi-finals on Wednesday night as they look to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.

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