Saints’ Koeman has ambitions to manage Barcelona or Netherlands

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Ronald Koeman‘s profile as a top manager has grown over the past two seasons, enjoying great success at Southampton since joining the Premier League club in 2014.

After leading Saints to their best-ever finish in his first year in charge, Koeman has his side pushing for a spot in Europe once again this season.

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A decorated defender who won a European Championship, two European Cups and eight league titles throughout his playing career, Koeman now has his sights set on the top of the managerial pyramid.

Speaking to BBC World Football, Koeman said that while he is enjoying his time at Southampton, he would love to manage one of his former clubs, either Barcelona or the Dutch national team.

On Barcelona: If I go back to Barcelona it’s feeling back at home. We had a great time together in Barcelona and of course if I could one day have the possibility, I would like to go back.

On the Dutch national team: It is possible, it’s still one of my ambitions. It’s nice if you have the chance to be the national coach, but I am happy now at Southampton and we’ll see what happens in the future.

While Luis Enrique seems to have Barcelona under control, the Netherlands are currently undergoing a rebuilding process and it is unclear if current boss Danny Blind is the long-term solution.

Koeman has strong ties to Barcelona, where he won four consecutive La Liga titles and scored the game-winning goal in the 1992 European Cup. He also served as an assistant manager at Barca from 1998-2000 under Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal.

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For now, Koeman must keep his focus on finishing the season strong with Southampton. If he continues to build his managerial resume with Saints, expect his name to be linked with top jobs throughout Europe.