Barcelona President Joan Laporta has revealed that he has had talks with Ronald Koeman and has given the Dutch coach his backing. He believes that Koeman needs time to turn things around after they have had a tough one month. Barcelona has managed to just win one of their last five games in all competitions. They were destroyed by Benfica in the Champions League 3-0. A number of coaches have been linked with his seat including Xavi, Andre Pirlo, and Roberto Martinez.

“Koeman will continue as the Barca coach,” Barcelona President Joan Laporta said. “We understand that he deserves a bit of margin for many reasons: He’s a Barca fan and legend for fans all over the world. He’ll stay on and deserves a margin of confidence.”

“He loves Barca and decided to come here in a really tough time both institutionally and on a sporting front,” he added. “After talking to him, I can see he’s got faith in the team… We spoke and it’s not true that we’ve got a tense relationship – it’s good and honest. I think we both think the same, to turn things around.”

Many reports have suggested that the dire financial state of the club could be one of the reasons they are reluctant to sack Koeman. Financial Fair Play rules have restricted their spending budget to just 98m. This comes after they suffered a loss of 481m last season.

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