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Koeman walks out of Barcelona press conference after reading statement

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The under-pressure Dutchman didn’t take any questions, got up, and walked away from the press room ahead of the Cadiz clash.

Ronald Koeman’s pre-match press conference ahead of the La Liga between Barcelona and Cadiz was a brief and unusual one.

Koeman left the journalists wanting for more as he walked straight out of the press room after reading a statement that was essentially a call for patience and support from the fans amid a period of transition for the club.

Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw against Granda on Monday after suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League

With Barca underperforming, their manager has come under intense pressure. There have been talks the 58-year-old could lose his position sooner rather than later, with Ajax head coach Eric ten Hag tipped one of several candidates tipped to take over from him.

“The club is with me in a situation of rebuilding. The economic situation is linked to the situation on the pitch,” Koeman told reporters (via Marca).

“We as a staff have to rebuild the team without making big investments and that takes time.

“The young talents can be world stars in a couple of years. The youngsters will have opportunities, like Xavi [Hernandez] and [Andres] Iniesta had, but patience is required.

“Besides, to finish high in the league table would be a success. In the Champions League, no miracles can be expected. The defeat against Bayern [Munich] must be seen in that light.

“The team must be supported, in words and actions. I know that the press recognises this process, it is not the first time in history that this has happened. We count on your support in these decisive times. We are very, very happy with the support of the fans, as was the case against Granada.

“Come on, Barcelona!”