Koeman’s 'replacement' responds to links

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Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has responded to reports suggesting that he is the favourite to replace Ronald Koeman as FC Barcelona boss amid reports of the Dutchman’s possible departure. 

Various reports this week have claimed that current Blaugrana manager Koeman could be facing the axe, with Martinez being touted as one of the strong candidates to replace him.  

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The Spanish coach, whose contract with Belgium runs up until the end of 2022 after the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, has addressed the rumours, per SPORT.

“As you can imagine, there is nothing, really nothing, that I can comment on,” said Martinez. 

“Obviously, there will always be rumours, they are always there. This is normal in football.  

“When you lose three games, the rumours say that you will lose your job. 

“When things are good, when you get good results, there are also rumours. 

“But there is nothing to comment on my part at this moment.” 

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Earlier this week, SPORT also reported that the 48-year-old manager has a release clause that will allow him to leave the best-ranked FIFA ranked footballing nation's hot-seat if he wants, with a €1.8 million (R30 million) get-out clause in his contract that the Catalan side can activate to sign him. 

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