Ronald Koeman unearthed a dressing room mole who was leaking Barcelona line-ups in his first few months in the job, reveals his brother… as he insists manager is ‘totally focused’ on securing success with LaLiga giants
- Ronald Koeman had to deal with a dressing room mole early in his Barca reign
- The manager’s brother Erwin said the culprit was leaking his team selections
- He insists the issue has been dealt with and Koeman is ‘fully focused’ on Barca
- It is the latest leak after Lionel Messi’s contract was published in the press
Ronald Koeman had to grapple with a dressing room mole during his early days at Barcelona who was leaking his team selections, his brother Erwin has revealed.
Koeman has endured a shaky start to life in the Nou Camp dugout with his new side struggling to make a impact under his leadership, but the Dutchman’s task has hardly been helped by a financial crisis at the club while a presidential election looms next month.
And on top of it all, the former Holland boss had to root out an enemy in his ranks, according to Erwin – who was assistant to his brother at Everton and Southampton – but he insists he quickly dealt with the problem.
Ronald Koeman struggled with a dressing room mole early on at Barca, his brother has claimed
Erwin said the Barcelona boss has since rooted out who was leaking his team selections
He claimed Koeman was ‘totally focused’ on the task at hand with Barca despite coming under pressure for some poor results this season, and added that he is providing advice to help him lead the club to success.
‘During the first months, someone from the locker room leaked the line-ups, but Ronald solved it,’ he told Voetbal International, as reported by the Sun.
‘He has a certain tension, more than the one he had with the Dutch team because Barca is not like working with the national team once every three months.
‘He is totally focused on Barca.
‘And it’s the only thing he thinks about. We are in touch and we talk about the club, the players and the family. And sometimes I advise him.’
He insisted the Dutchman was ‘totally focused’ on bringing success to the Catalan outfit
It is not the only mole Koeman has faced after Lionel Messi’s deal was leaked to the press
Barcelona are currently second in the LaLiga table but remain ten points adrift of league leaders Atletico Madrid – who have a game in hand.
The dressing room spy is not the only mole Barcelona have struggled with this season. Star man Lionel Messi – who is expected to leave the club for free this summer – had details of his £492million contract leaked to the Spanish press.
Koeman himself has called for anyone involved in the leak to be sacked and said it was a bid to ‘damage’ the Argentine.
‘He has done so much for Spanish football,’ Koeman said of Messi after he scored in a win over Athletic Bilbao.
‘There are people out to hurt Barcelona and Messi. If it turns out to be someone on the inside then that is very bad and they should have no future at the club.’
The sensational revelation showed that the combination of fixed salary, image rights, variables and tax Barcelona will have to pay on the contract amounts to €555,237,619 over its duration. Messi is planning to pursue legal action against El Mundo after it published the information.
El Mundo leaked the player’s contract (left) on Sunday and infuriated Messi’s camp
Former president Josep Bartomeu, who resigned from the club last October and whose relationship with Messi soured when he wasn’t allowed to leave last summer, had been accused of being the leak – a claim he has strenuously denied.
‘It’s completely false [I was involved in the leak],’ he told TV3 in Spain. ‘This is a very serious issue because it’s completely illegal to leak any professional contract to the media.
‘It’s easy to make accusations but this is not a joke and it’s going to end up in court.
‘Messi deserves everything he earns, be that for professional or commercial reasons. Without the pandemic, Barcelona would be more than capable of paying those numbers.’