Ronald Koeman has confirmed the existence of a Barcelona clause in his contract as Netherlands boss but is not happy that it was revealed by KNVB director Nico-Jan Hoogma.

Two weeks ago, Hoogma was a guest on Fox Sport’s Good Morning Eredivisie programme and revealed the existence of the clause, which would allow Koeman to leave his role as Netherlands boss should Barcelona come calling.

Speaking on the same programme on Sunday, Koeman said, “That was a bit unfortunate for Nico-Jan to bring that out, because I don’t think that’s how it should be. I am not angry anymore, but we have talked about it. You feed something that is actually not interesting at all. A white lie can sometimes be good, I do that once in a while.”

Koeman also confirmed he would not leave Netherlands for any club apart from Barcelona and will be staying with Oranje until after the European Championships, “It’s only about Barcelona and only about a moment after the European Championships. I am not leaving now, that is one hundred percent certain.

“After the European Championships there is an evaluation moment, who knows, the KNVB will say:” We have performed so badly at the European Championships, we are not going any further but I have the opportunity to leave for one club. And there’s only one club in it.

“And I can safely say that I am not leaving for anyone else as the national coach of the Dutch national team.”

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