With FC Barcelona's manager currently in his third year as the club's boss, it has now reportedly been revealed that a high-profile international coach has a clause in his contract that would allow him to take charge of the Catalan giants in 2020.
Three to four years is the usual cycle for a manager at the Blaugrana, and with Ernesto Valverde in his third season at the moment, many are wondering if the club might decide to go in a different direction next year.
Marca has now reported that Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman has a clause in his deal that would allow him to leave his post if clubs were to approach him, which seemed to be confirmed by the Dutch Football Federation's sporting director, Nico-Jan Hoogma.
"Agreements were reached in this regard (for Koeman to leave), but (teams) would have to pay to do so," he told Fox Sports.
The former Everton boss was heavily linked with the Catalans before Valverde was appointed in 2017, as well as when the Spaniard's job appeared under threat following the Spanish giants' UEFA Champions League semi-final exit last season.
Hoogma also stated that Koeman has never hidden his desire to return to Barca, a club he once played for, as a coach.
"Ronald has always indicated that he wants to be a coach at Barcelona one day," Hoogma added.
"We'll see what happens."
Koeman, himself, has also insisted he will not commit his long-term future to the Dutch national side.
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