Roberto Martinez has insisted he’s held no talks about taking over at Barcelona as speculation about Ronald Koeman’s future continues to ramp up.
Koeman appears to be in his final days at the Nou Camp, with a series of poor performances meaning his position is now being seriously questioned.
Indeed, comments from Barcelona president Joan Laporta have also hinted he is looking to change, especially give he did not hire the Dutchman in the first place.
Things are certainly set to come to a head, particularly as the media have also turned against Koeman and questioned his Barcelona team consistently in the last few weeks.
Their pages are already filled with potential replacements, with Belgium boss Martinez having been named among them on a regular basis.
He has close ties to the club after growing up in Balaguer in Catalonia and spending eight years in Balaguer’s youth set up, as well as a year in their first team.
He, therefore, fits the bill of people that ‘know’ the club, something Laporta is believed to value highly. It seems, though, there has been no contact on his end thus far.
“As you can imagine, there is nothing, really nothing, to comment on from my side,” he told Eurosport.
“Of course, there are always rumours; they are always there. That’s normal in football.
“When you lose three games, the rumours say you’re going to lose your job.
“When things are going well when you have good results, there are also rumours. But there is nothing to comment on me at this moment.”