‘If he wants to talk more, that’s his problem’: Ronald Koeman hits back at Joaquin after Real Betis captain re-opened their old Valencia feud by claiming he wouldn’t even hire the Barcelona boss as the KIT MAN
- Joaquin said he doesn’t even want Ronald Koeman at Betis as the team’s kit man
- Koeman is under pressure at Barcelona following their worst start in 25 years
- Barcelona play Betis on Saturday, looking for their first league win in five
Ronald Koeman has hit back at Real Betis captain Joaquin, after he said he wouldn’t want the Barcelona manager to even be the kit man at his club.
Koeman and Joaquin have failed to see eye-to-eye since the Dutchman’s disastrous six-month spell at Valencia over a decade ago.
And it appears there is no love lost between the pair ahead of their reunion this weekend.
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is under pressure following their worst start for 25 years
‘I understand that it is an interesting topic for us, but I do not want to get into it,’ Koeman said in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
‘If he wants to talk more, that is his problem. I am involved in the game and I do not enter into individual things or things from the past. We know that he speaks well.’
Joaquin created headlines earlier this week after he was asked if he would like Koeman to be appointed manager of Betis, to which he responded: ‘Not even as kitman.’
‘I did not have a good experience with him, although I have moved on – it was not something that lasted long and we managed to save the season,’ he added.
Earlier this week Real Betis captain Joaquin reopened an old feud with the Barcelona boss
The pair did not get on during the Dutchman’s ill-fated time in charge of Valencia in 2007
‘Look, on Saturday he will not say hello to me and I will not say hello to him, that’s that.’
Despite winning the Copa del Rey at the Mestalla, Koeman was cut-throat in his decimation of the squad, selling lots of players in a bid to fix the financial problems behind the scenes.
Barcelona are currently languishing in 12th position in LaLiga, albeit with games in hand over the majority of their rivals.
Two victories in their games in hand would still only put them fourth at the highest, though, and two defeats in their opening six games has piled the pressure on Koeman already.
Betis, meanwhile, have won four and lost four in a topsy-turvy start to the season under Manuel Pellegrini, but will be hoping to provide an upset against Barca this weekend.
Barcelona are without a La Liga win in four matches following their 1-1 draw against Alaves
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