Everton manager Ronald Koeman is persistent about seeing out his contract at the club and will not be replacing Luis Enrique as the new coach of Barcelona.
In an interview with Catalan newspaper Sport, the Dutchman said it was his dream to return to the Nou Camp to manage his former club, where he played for six years between 1989 and 1995.
With Luis Enrique ready to leave at the end of the season, speculation has connected Koeman with the job, having been assistant to Louis van Gaal in 1998 to 2000.
However, Koeman ceased the speculation concerning those links despite his latest comments on his desire to go back there in the future.
He said: “I think I mentioned several times it is human ambition and that means for players and for managers – and that has not changed my position or my contract with Everton.
“There is no chance I will leave Everton before the end of my contract.
“The last two years, when I was at Southampton sometimes, there were stories about Barcelona – that happened when I left Barcelona (as assistant).
“I'm still not in Barcelona and I don’t expect I will be the new manager.
“I am really happy to be at Everton and I am looking forward to next season. It is a big project and I will be part of that project.”
Koeman has conducted the club to a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League and he has a will to succeed in breaking into the top six and even the Champions League.
“When I got the offer of Everton it was not about this season, it was about a project that we would like to change things and develop the team and make the team strong and have really good competition to the big six in the Premier League,” he added.
“Already this season we have shown we are close but not close enough.
“It is really difficult and I think it is a big compliment to the players what we have achieved this season but for next season we like to improve and we want to do more.”
One of the players who will not be a part of that future is striker Arouna Kone, who has not made a Premier League start since the end of last season and has managed just seven substitute appearances so far.
“He has finished his contract and he will leave the club at the end of the season,” said Koeman.