Koeman dismisses Netherlands rumours

Date published: Thursday 10th September 2015 2:35

Ronald Koeman Southampton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted he wishes to manage Netherlands in the future, but he is happy at Saints for now.

The Sun printed a story on Thursday claiming that the Netherlands, who are struggling in their quest to qualify for next summer’s European Championship, wanted Koeman to replace current incumbent Danny Blind as manager.

Koeman’s stock as a manager has risen during his time in the Premier League, having impressed initially in the Eredivisie with Feyenoord.

The 52-year-old admits managing the national team appeals to him, but it is not a possibility he is entertaining while manager of Southampton.

“It is not the best moment for the Dutch national team,” Koeman said. “We know that and of course there are always those kinds of rumours.

“Everybody knows it is part of my ambition, but in the future. Not for now. Not for next year. Maybe in the future but not at this time.”

When asked if he would listen if approached by the Dutch FA, Koeman said: “No, no. I continue to the last year of my contract.”

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