Barcelona Ronald Koeman firing Xavi Andrea Pirlo Roberto Martinez rumors

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Ronald Koeman said on Friday that Barcelona management had not spoken to him about his future but had “eyes and ears” to catch rumors of his possible dismissal.

Spanish media are teeming with reports that Barcelona president Joan Laporta is set to change coaches after Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to Benfica, the team’s second loss in as many League games champions this season.

“It’s a complicated situation,” Koeman said the day before his team, reigning champions Atlético Madrid, visited.

“The president was there this morning, but I didn’t see him because I was getting ready for the game,” he added. “Nobody told me anything, but I have eyes and ears and I know there are leaks. They are probably true, but nobody told me.

Koeman won’t be in the dugout for what could be the former Barcelona defender’s last game in charge as he serves the second from a two-game suspension for complaining at the end of their recent 0-0 draw in Cadiz.

The big names linked to the replacement of Koeman are led by former Barcelona star Xavi Hernández, great Italian Andrea Pirlo and Belgian coach Roberto Martínez.

Martínez swept aside questions over Barcelona on Friday when he announced the Belgian squad for the last four in the Nations League.

“I’m not going to comment on my personal situation because I never do as a coach,” Martínez said. “Now we are facing an incredible opportunity to be in the Nations League finals so that is the only thing that matters. All you could ask about myself or the rumors is not relevant to this press conference.

The Atlético match is the last before an international break in the club calendar. This window could give the club time to recruit a new coach.

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