Ronald Koeman would deserve it if Barcelona come calling for his services, according to Frank de Boer.

The Everton manager, who has had spells as a player and assistant manager at Camp Nou, has regularly been linked to Barca, with Luis Enrique’s contract due to expire at the end of the season.

“Normally I think he is [at clubs] for the long term but maybe in his contract if he gets a call from Barcelona then he can go because that is always his dream,” De Boer, speaking as a William Hill ambassador, said at the London Affiliate Conference.

“I think he also mentioned it a lot of times that when Barcelona come calling it would be fantastic. He would deserve it because he is doing well and he also did well with Southampton.

“But hopefully for Everton he doesn’t get a call and he will stick there for a couple of years like he did at Southampton.”

De Boer thinks seventh-placed Everton are still capable of reaching the Champions League this season under the stewardship of Koeman.

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