Everton travel to Swansea City on Saturday, and in his pre-match press conference this afternoon, manager Ronald Koeman definitively stated that he would stay with the club at least through to the end of his term. Koeman had signed a three-year contract, worth £6m per year at the beginning of this season.
While we all know nowadays contract are barely worth the paper they are printed on, this should put to rest the fears of Blues who worry every time a managerial spot opens up on one of the big football teams of the world.
"It's human for players and managers but that's not changing my contract. Everton is big project and I want to be part of it.
"It is a real compliment to the players what we have achieved this season but we need to make the next step.
"There is no chance I will leave Everton before the end of my contract."
This has come about with the persistent chatter linking him with the Barcelona job which is about to be vacant with Luis Enrique stepping down at the end of the season.
He went on to add that he didn’t see himself as the next manager at the Nou Camp, but that didn’t rule out the possibility to ever return which has always been a dream for the Dutchman who spent six seasons at the Catalan club as a player.