Koeman Dismisses Barca Link, Coy On Rooney Everton Return

Koeman Dismisses Barca Link, Coy On Rooney Everton Return


Everton manager Ronald Koeman on Friday ruled himself out of the vacant  Barcelona job following the announcement of Luis Enrique to leave his job in the summer. 


The Dutchman man also denied that the game against Tottenham on Sunday would be a test for his side.

“Every word from my side about Barcelona is too much. I don’t speak about Barcelona,” Ronald said during his press conference on Friday.

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He went on to explain that he was fully committed to the new project at Everton.

"Every Premier League game is a test and the one on Sunday is not more than the first game of the season," he said.
"We are stronger than we were in the first game, but Tottenham are stronger too. It's not a test.

"We like to do high pressing, they [Spurs] have very good players between the lines, like Eriksen, Alli and their offensive full-backs. But we also have offensive full-backs. They [Spurs] try to bring young players through the  team and I try to do that too."

When asked for an injury update, Koeman confirmed: "Everybody is fit.

"I'm really happy that Muhamed Besic is back. He did XI v XI for the first time today. He needs some time." 

The Blues travel to White Hart Lane looking to extend their nine-game unbeaten run in the league with the same squad that was available for last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Sunderland.

When asked about the upcoming fight between David Haye and Tony Bellew, Koeman said: "We've arranged so that we can see the fight.

"He [Bellew] is an Evertonian so we will support him. Let's hope he can win. That's Saturday but of course we have to be prepared for Saturday.

"I was a big boxing fan. I used to wake up at 4 or 5am, that was with Cassius Clay and Joe Frasier."

Koeman has refused to be drawn on Wayne Rooney's future, saying he has already spoken too much about England's captain.

Sky Sports had reported on Thursday that Everton had a loan move for Rooney rebuffed during the January transfer window and that the player will consider a move to the Toffees in the summer.
"I don't speak any more about Rooney," said Koeman.

"I have had several questions about him, he's a United player. We will see what happens in the future."
The 31-year-old came through the Everton academy to make his debut in 2002 at the age of just 16, going on to score his first league goal with an iconic strike against Arsenal

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