The coach acknowledges that he has a close friendship with Jordi Cruyff, Barcelona’s director of international talent recruitment
The Belgium coach, the Spanish Roberto Martínez, denies that he has had “contacts” with Barcelona as a possible substitute for Ronald Koeman and assures that his objective is to fulfill “until the last day” his contract with the ‘Red Devils’, although he acknowledges that “many circumstances may arise along the way.”
“There is absolutely nothing. There are no contacts”, said Martinez in an interview published by the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws this Friday.
The coach, whose name has appeared in the Spanish press as a possible substitute for Koeman, recognizes that he has a close friendship with Jordi Cruyff, director of international talent recruitment of the Barcelona, but says that they have not dealt with the bench of the Blaugrana club.
“The basis of my friendship with Jordi is that we separate the private from the professional. At no time did I ask Jordi what my situation was in Barcelona. I don’t think he has the function of appointing a possible new coach,” said.
Martinez, who has been in charge of the selection of Belgium and has a contract until after Qatar 2022, insists on wanting to fulfill that contract and claims to be focused on Nations league and in the classification for the world, although it does not rule out any possibility.
“I would love for us to be the first European country to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. That is the challenge after the Nations League final. But … in football you never know what will be done tomorrow. I wake up every night. mornings as Belgium coach until the last day of my contract, but I realize that many circumstances can arise along the way “, concluded.
Hours later, during the press conference offered to announce the list of players called up for the final at four in the Nations League, Martinez declined to comment on the “rumors“on the supposed interest of Barcelona in taking over his services.
“I have been very clear from the beginning. I must not talk about rumors. We are here to talk about a mini-tournament, the focus should be on the players”, said.
“I am not going to comment on my personal situation, because I never do. Football is not about talking about coaches, it is about talking about players. Now we have an incredible opportunity to be in the final of the Nations League and that is what matters. “, he insisted.