Roberto Martinez says "things may arise" after being quizzed over Barca job

Roberto Martinez provided a cryptic response when quizzed on rumours linking him with the Barcelona job amid doubts over Ronald Koeman's future.

Koeman is under serious pressure at the Nou Camp following a miserable start to the season during which Barca have won just three of their opening six La Liga matches.

His side were also beaten 3-0 in each of their opening two Champions League group-stage fixtures, with Wednesday's humbling away defeat to Benfica leaving the Dutchman's position as manager hanging by a thread.

It was the first time Barcelona have ever lost their first two Champions League games of the season, a statistic which will undoubtedly concern club officials.

While he is still yet to lose in the league this term, Koeman now faces a make-or-break trip to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

If they slump to another defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano, it is believed Barcelona chiefs could lose patience and bring his tumultuous reign as manager to an end.

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Martinez, who is currently in charge of the Belgium national side, has reportedly been identified as a potential candidate to replace Koeman in Catalonia.

According to Spanish outlet Rac1, Barca president Joan Laporta has four coaches on his shortlist: Andrea Pirlo, Xavi and Marcelo Gallardo as well as Martinez.

And the latter has dropped a hint that he could be tempted should an offer arise.

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“There is absolutely nothing – and there has been no contact with Barcelona," Martinez told Belgian broadcaster HLN.

"I want to fulfil my contract, but many things may arise along the way."

Martinez is under contract with Belgium until June 2022, however he reportedly has a clause in that deal which allows him to leave should a 'big club' come calling.

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The 48-year-old, who spent a year in La Liga with Real Zaragoza during his playing career, is best known for his time in the Premier League with Wigan and Everton.

He guided Wigan to a shock FA Cup final triumph over Manchester City in 2013, but could not inspire Everton to silverware in a subsequent three-year spell at Goodison Park.

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