Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk passed on his best wishes to Ronald Koeman after his fellow countryman stepped down to take charge of Barcelona as Netherlands manager. In the aftermath of Barca’s humiliating 8-2 loss at Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Quique Setien was relieved of his duties, and Koeman was formally named his successor Wednesday morning.

The 57-year-old, formerly Southampton and Everton boss, played for the Catalan giants from 1989 to 1985 and has made no secret of his desire to return to the Nou Camp in recent years.

This means the Netherlands will have to find a replacement ahead of the Euros next summer after Koeman led the team to a second-place finish in qualifying group C behind Germany.

Following Dick Advocaat’s resignation, Koeman took over the National side in February 2018.

Reacting to the news, Van Dijk posted on Twitter in the Netherlands and Liverpool center-back: “I want to congratulate Ronald Koeman on his move to Barcelona. ‘The Netherlands is missing a tried and tested coach. But that special bond remains between us. He brought me to the Premier League and handed me the captaincy of the Netherlands. I understand he wants his dream to come true. Current developments in the world and his personal life played a part in that. Better luck!”


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