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Koeman: I should be in charge of who plays for Barcelona, not Laporta

The 58-year-old insists the club's president should not be able to dictate who gets a place in the starting XI at Camp Nou

Ronald Koeman has stressed that he must be the one who decides who gets a place in Barcelona's starting XI and not president Joan Laporta.

Barcelona are prepared to offer the Dutch coach a new contract before his current one expires at the end of the season, but it has been reported the president wants guarantees that Riqui Puig will be given a role in the first team.

Laporta clarified this week that Koeman has "all the power in sporting matters" and that he has the confidence and respect of the board, which the 58-year-old took as a good sign.

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