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Ronald Koeman says Everton not a stepping stone to Barcelona job

Ronald Koeman manager of Everton during the pre-season friendly match between Barnsley and Everton at Oakwell Stadium
Image: Ronald Koeman was appointed manager of Everton in June

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has rejected suggestions he is using the club as a stepping stone for a move to Barcelona.

The 53-year-old was appointed at Goodison Park on a three-year contract in June after two seasons with Premier League counterparts Southampton.

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Everton have made a bright start to the season under Koeman with the Toffees placed seventh in the Premier League after 11 games, and the former Netherlands international is keen to quash rumours that he will soon be seeking bigger challenges.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Gareth Barry of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his team mates during the Premier League match betw
Image: Everton are seventh in the Premier League

Koeman is an iconic figure at Barcelona after his goal in the 1-0 victory over Sampdoria at Wembley in 1992 saw the club become European champions for the first time.

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Speaking on his future, Koeman told the Daily Mail: "One time when I went to Valencia. They always speak about Koeman and Barcelona. Everyone knows I have a relationship with Barcelona. Everyone says, 'One day Koeman will be the coach in Barcelona'.

Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique gestures from the sideline during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadi
Image: Luis Enrique has managed Barcelona since 2014

"I had a little bit in my mind that when I went to Valencia it was maybe a good step to do the next step to Barcelona. But now I'm more experienced. You cannot plan what is going to happen. You cannot plan your life. In life everything is possible. In football everything is possible.

Ronald Koeman celebrates after scoring for Barcelona in the 1992 European Cup Final against Sampdoria
Image: Ronald Koeman scored the winning goal for Barcelona in the 1992 European Cup Final against Sampdoria

"You can't say, 'I go to Everton in one or two years, I go to Barcelona'. No. Why? Maybe Everton will be bigger than it now is. Maybe Luis Enrique is doing a fantastic job for the next three years and they don't need a coach.

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"No. The best thing is to believe in the project; how Everton is. It is not the final moment in this project. Of course not. I signed for three years. I don't think I signed for three years and will be out after one year."

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