No Barca contact insists Martinez

14 October 2021 13:16:01 CET
Roberto Martinez has rejected rumours linking him with Barcelona

Roberto Martinez insists he has not been contacted by Barcelona over the possibility of replacing Ronald Koeman as manager.

Barca are 40/1 to win La Liga after their poor start to the season and can be backed at 12121/1 to win the Champions League.

Tough start to the season

After seven games, Koeman's side currently sit ninth in the Spanish top flight, having lost one, drawn three and won three.

The Catalan side have also suffered two 3-0 defeats in the Champions League group stages, going down to Bayern Munich and Benfica, respectively.

The truth is that Barcelona have not contacted me.

Roberto Martinez

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Koeman: Not the same Barca

As a result of their disappointing start to the season, there has been speculation about Koeman's position as manager, with Martinez suggested as a potential replacement.

The 48-year-old has been Belgium manager since 2016, overseeing their third placed finish in the World Cup 2018 before they departed from Euro 2020 at the quarter-final stage.

Belgium finished fourth in last week's Nations League Finals, losing 3-2 France in the semi-finals before a 2-1 loss to Italy in the third placed playoff.

Martinez - No contact from Barcelona

Martinez gave this assessment of the current situation and expressed his sympathy with Koeman, simultaneously insisting that he has not been contacted about taking over at the Nou Camp.

"It has been a difficult period because it seems that you do not want to hear it, but the truth is that Barcelona have not contacted me," he told Cadena SER, via Sport. "The rumours with coaches, you know how it works.

"There is nothing more than an anecdote that helps me to start the day with a smile. What I do regret is the situation that Ronald has been experiencing in recent months."

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