Ronald Koeman has officially been appointed Barcelona manager on a two-year deal.
The 57-year old Dutchman will replace Quique Setien who sacked days after Barcelona was disgraced out of Champions League by Bayern Munich.
Koeman was a Barcelona player for six years and was also part of Johan Cruyff’s legendary ‘Dream Team’.
He won four La Liga titles and scored the winning goal in the 1992 European Cup final during his playing days at the Nou Camp, and was the preferred candidate of Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
“Everyone knows that Barcelona is my dream club. It feels very special to me to be able to become a coach there.” He told the Dutch FA website.
“It was an honour to be the national coach of the Netherlands. Over the past two-and-a-half years, I have done everything I can to achieve success.
“I look back with pride on what we have achieved together in that period. The Dutch national team has a bright future, I am convinced of that.”
Koeman who was Netherlands coach since 2018 was due to take the national team to the next European Championships.
Netherlands governing body’s director of professional football, Eric Gudde, said: “We regret Ronald’s decision but respect his choice.”
Meanwhile, Barcelona president has also confirmed Koeman’s appointment.
“We already know how he thinks and his philosophy. We bet on him. He was the first one we called in January.” He told Barcelona website.
“It’s a dream for him. As he was in Johan’s ‘Dream Team’, he knows Barca and how we understand football.”
Other contenders for the Barça job were Mauricio Pochettino, Xavi who is currently managing the Qatari side Al Asad, Laurent Blanc, also an ex-Barca player, and Barca B head coach Garcia Pimienta.
Meanwhile, Koeman’s appointment as Barcelona head coach will be officially announced to the media on Wednesday evening.