By Will Butcher
Leon Osman has revealed that it would be hard to turn down Barcelona if he was in the shoes of Everton manager Ronald Koeman.
Current Barcelona boss Luis Enrique revealed that he will be leaving the Spanish giants at the end of the season, sparking rumours on who will replace him in the Nou Camp dugout.
Speaking to Sky Sports Premier League Daily Show on Thursday, Osman revealed that he would find it hard to turn down the role as Barcelona manager if Koeman was handed that chance.
Former Toffees midfielder Osman also believes that fans would be disappointed if the former Southampton boss opted to leave Goodison Park so quickly after moving to Merseyside.
“It is no surprise that he has been linked with it,” Koeman said. “He’s such a big player on the world stage and obviously he used to play for Barcelona.
“He’s doing really well with Everton at the moment. It would be disappointing to see him leave from an Everton perspective so soon into his tenure at the club.
“But it’s always difficult when Barcelona come knocking at your door. I hope he will be at Everton next season.”
Koeman is reportedly a target for the La Liga champions, after playing for Barcelona for six years between 1989 and 1995.
Fans will be worried following Enrique’s revelation, as Koeman continues to impress in the dugout at Goodison Park with the Toffees currently sitting in a lofty seventh place.
Acting as Barca’s assistant manager during 1998 and 2000 while Louis van Gaal was in charge, Koeman could now join an illustrious list of managers to take charge of the 24-time La Liga winners.
Former England international Osman believes seeing his name alongside the likes of Pep Guardiola, Bobby Robson and Johan Cruyff could be too good to turn down for Koeman.
However, fans will be hoping Koeman’s focus is with Everton, as they looks to stretch their unbeaten Premier League run to 10 games by avoiding defeat against Tottenham on Sunday.
In other Everton news, this five-time Premier League champions is ready to consider a move to the Toffees.