BARCELONA have confirmed that Ronald Koeman will remain as their boss despite his poor debut season in Spain.
The former Everton, Southampton and Netherlands manager took charge last summer, signing the likes of Miralem Pjanic and Sergino Dest while also getting Lionel Messi to stay put.
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However, Barca ended up finishing third in LaLiga, seven points off champions Atletico Madrid.
They also suffered a humiliating 5-2 aggregate defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.
And despite leading Barca to glory in the Copa del Rey with a 4-0 win over Bilbao in the final, reports claimed Koeman could be heading out of the Nou Camp.
Club president Joan Laporta said last month he was ‘evaluating’ Koeman’s position.
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And former player Xavi was once again linked with taking charge.
However, Laporta has now confirmed Koeman will stay for at least one more year, with his contract expiring next summer.
Barca have already dipped into the transfer market by poaching striker Sergio Aguero and defender Eric Garcia on free transfers from Manchester City, with midfielder Gini Wijnaldum and winger Memphis Depay set to follow.
Brazil international Emerson Royal has also completed his move from Real Betis, while Messi is ready to pen a new two-year deal.
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And Koeman will be expected to get better results after being backed once more in the market.
Laporta said: “After this period of reflection, we will continue with the current contract Koeman has.
“We are very pleased to see that these talks have borne fruit in a unity of judgement.”
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