By Danny Wright
Frank De Boer believes that Ronald Koeman would quit Everton if an opportunity arises at Barcelona.
The Dutch pair played together for Holland and de Boer knows that it would be Koeman’s dream to manage the Spanish giants.
There are doubts over the future of current manager Luis Enrique as Barca look to be losing out to fierce rivals Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
In an interview with ESPN, De Boer said his former teammate was doing a wonderful job at Everton – as he did in his previous role at Southampton.
“Normally I think he is [at clubs] for the long term but maybe in his contract if he gets a call from Barcelona then he can go because that is always his dream,” the former Inter Milan boss said.
“I think he also mentioned it a lot of times that when Barcelona come calling it would be fantastic. He would deserve it because he is doing well and he also did well with Southampton.
“But hopefully for Everton he doesn’t get a call and he will stick there for a couple of years like he did at Southampton.”
De Boer is considered one of the legends of Dutch football. The former defender spent most of his career at Ajax making over 300 appearances for the club winning the Eredivise on five occasions and the Champions League and UEFA Cup. He is also the most capped player for his nation with 112 appearances to his name.
Koeman has links with Barcelona – he was assistant manager at the Nou Camp from 1998-2000 and has come a long way in his managerial career since spells with Ajax, Benfica and Valencia before moving to England.
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