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Roberto Martinez offers cryptic response when quizzed over taking Barcelona job

Roberto Martinez provided a cryptic response when quizzed on rumours linking him with the Barcelona job amid doubts over Ronald Koeman’s future.

Koeman is under serious pressure at the Nou Camp following a miserable start to the season during which Barca have won just three of their opening six La Liga matches.

His side were also beaten 3-0 in each of their opening two Champions League group-stage fixtures, with Wednesday’s humbling away defeat to Benfica leaving the Dutchman’s position as manager hanging by a thread.

It was the first time Barcelona have ever lost their first two Champions League games of the season, a statistic which will undoubtedly concern club officials.



Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez pictured during a press conference of Belgian national soccer team Red Devils to announce the selection for the upcoming matches in the Nations League , Friday 01 October 2021 in Tubize
Roberto Martinez provided a cryptic response when quizzed on rumours linking him with the Barcelona job

While he is still yet to lose in the league this term, Koeman now faces a make-or-break trip to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

If they slump to another defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano, it is believed Barcelona chiefs could lose patience and bring his tumultuous reign as manager to an end.

Do you think Ronald Koeman will last much longer at Barcelona? Let us know in the comments section below.



Barcelona's Dutch coach Ronald Koeman reacts during the UEFA Champions League first round group E footbal match between Benfica and Barcelona at the Luz stadium in Lisbon
Ronald Koeman is facing the sack at the Nou Camp

Martinez, who is currently in charge of the Belgium national side, has reportedly been identified as a potential candidate to replace Koeman in Catalonia.

According to Spanish outlet Rac1, Barca president Joan Laporta has four coaches on his shortlist: Andrea Pirlo, Xavi and Marcelo Gallardo as well as Martinez.

And the latter has dropped a hint that he could be tempted should an offer arise.



Roberto Martinez head coach of Belgian Team pictured during a training session of the Belgian National Football team prior to the UEFA Nations League match group stage final tournament
Martinez is reportedly a candidate to replace him, and the Belgium boss has refused to rule himself out of the running


Roberto Martinez offers cryptic response when quizzed over taking Barcelona job

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“There is absolutely nothing – and there has been no contact with Barcelona,” Martinez told Belgian broadcaster HLN.

“I want to fulfil my contract, but many things may arise along the way.”

Martinez is under contract with Belgium until June 2022, however he reportedly has a clause in that deal which allows him to leave should a ‘big club’ come calling.



Andrea Pirlo, Head coach of Juventus looks on during the warm up prior to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Juventus and FC Porto at Juventus Arena on March 09, 2021 in Turin, Italy
Andrea Pirlo is also believed to be on Barca’s shortlist

The 48-year-old, who spent a year in La Liga with Real Zaragoza during his playing career, is best known for his time in the Premier League with Wigan and Everton.

He guided Wigan to a shock FA Cup final triumph over Manchester City in 2013, but could not inspire Everton to silverware in a subsequent three-year spell at Goodison Park.

Roberto Martinez offers cryptic response when quizzed over taking Barcelona job
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