“I told the coach that he has to be strong, he cannot be in the weak position of ending the contract, so I raised the possibility of extending the contract.”
Laporta continued to speak on Barcelona’s form and said: “We’re in a difficult moment and I think that we should have a lot of serenity and wait for a good result against Cadiz, because that’s what interests us, situations which you overcome with results.
“We will move forward and keep fighting. We’ll get the ball on the ground, what’s important is that we play well.”
Koeman is already into the final year of his contract at Barcelona and it looked increasingly likely that his contract would be extended earlier in the season as Laporta said he was wary of leaving the Dutchman short of power and authority in the dressing room.
The president spoke to Onze TV earlier in September and said: “Koeman has all my support, my respect and all the confidence so that he can work as comfortably as possible.