Gerard Deulofeu has taken a hot blasting at new Barcelona head coach Koeman, stating “he provided me absolutely nothing” during Everton time.
On Wednesday Koeman was named as the successor to Quique Setien, agreeing a two-year contract at Camp Nou, where he spent six hugely productive years as a player under Johan Cruyff.
In the quarter-finals of the Champions League last week, the former Netherlands boss was tasked with overseeing substantial changes at a club still reeling from a humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich.
But Deulofeu, who played in the 2016-17 Premier League season under Koeman at Everton, does not seem to think much of the chances of his former manager.
“I can tell you about Koeman from my personal experience, and I have very little to tell you about Koeman,” the Watford winger said on Cataluna Radio.
Deulofeu was sold to Everton in 2015 after spending the previous seasons on loans with the Toffees and then Seville, a product of Barca’s youth academy.
He was signed back by Barca in 2017 but failed to make an impact before joining Watford under Ernesto Valverde.
Despite his past loyalty to the club, the 26-year-old does not seem to be worried about the structural crisis at Barca, who saw Eric Abidal resign as first-team technical secretary the day after Setien was fired and faced a fight to convince Captain Lionel Messi to stay.
“He provided me absolutely nothing. I wasn’t happy, I asked to leave and I went to Milan.
“We’ll see how he does at Camp Nou.”