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'Barca Spoke To Me But I Said No'

A former Premier League manager has revealed he was approached by Spanish giants FC Barcelona to succeed Ernesto Valverde earlier this year.

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Valverde was relieved of his duties in January after the Blaugrana's defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals in late December.

There were a number of coaches linked with the post, which eventually went to Quique Setien, but Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman, himself a former Barca player, has now claimed he turned down an approach from the club.

"Yes, it's true that Barca spoke to me but I said no because I'm with the national team and I have a commitment to stay in this role," former Southampton boss Koeman said, as per Diario Sport.

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The Dutch legend notched up 192 appearances for the Catalan giants and went on to win four LaLiga titles and the European Cup with the team in 1992.

Koeman was also asked to give feedback on Frenkie de Jong's performances this season following his big-money move from Ajax Amsterdam.

"I think his performance have been good. He plays in a different position to the one he has before but they are technical decisions. He's a very young player, he's learning a lot, but I think with me in the national team he plays differently."

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