Ronald Koeman says he is committed to Everton for at least two more years and will not leave to become Barcelona’s new coach this summer.
The Dutchman caused a stir when being interviewed in a Catalan newspaper on Thursday, stating he hopes to one day return to the club he distinguished as player.
But the Everton coach clarified his position ahead of this weekend’s trip to Swansea, insisting he was discussing longer-term ambitions.
“There's no chance that I will leave Everton before the end of my contract,” said Koeman.
“I don't see me being the next [Barcelona] manager. I mentioned several times it's human ambition - for players, for managers. That doesn't change my position or contract with Everton. I'm really happy, I'm looking forward to next season.”
Koeman had earlier told Spanish media managing Barcelona and the Dutch national team were his aspirations. He explained the interview was part of ongoing celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Spanish club’s first European Cup win at Wembley when Koeman was the matchwinner.