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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman reads out statement and then walks out of press conference

These are strange times at the Camp Nou

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was due to give his usual pre-match press conference on Wednesday to talk about the team’s next La Liga match at Cadiz.

However, it didn’t turn out quite like that. Instead, the Dutchman turned up as scheduled, read out a statement to the assembled reporters and then walked out again.

Here’s what he he had to say in his statement.

“Hello everyone, the club is with me as the coach in a situation of rebuilding. The financial situation of the club is connected to the sporting activites and vice versa. This means that we as a team have to rebuild the football team without being able to make any big financial investments, this needs time.

“The young talent today could end up being the next big world stars in just a few years. In order to reconstruct this team means that young players get opportunities, like Xavi and Iniesta had in their day, but we must ask for patience.

“What’s more, being in a high ranking in the league would be a success. This is a great footballing school for these talents. In the Champions League we can’t hope for miracles. The defeat to Bayern last week has to be focused from that perspective.

“The process that we are in right now, the staff with the team, deserves unconditional support, in word and in actions.

“I know the press recognize this process. It’s not the first time in FC Barcelona’s history that this has happened. We count on your support in this difficult time. The staff and the players are very happy with the great support from the fans like we had against Granada. Visca el Barca.”

It’s a pretty bizarre move and comes amid mounting speculation about his future at Barcelona after Monday’s draw with Granada. It’s been reported the decision has already been taken to sack Koeman and the club is now looking for a replacement. Belgium coach Roberto Martinez appears to be the favorite right now.