Frank Rijkaard has confirmed that he has no intention of leaving Barcelona, despite strong rumours linking him with a move to Milan in the summer.
The Dutchman’s plans have been the subject of much conjecture in recent months and Barca’s recent elimination from the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Liverpool has intensfied the speculation surrounding his future.
Rijkaard has always maintained he owes the Catalan club a debt after they offered him the psotion when he was a relatively inexperienced coach.
“I’m not thinking about coaching another team,” he said. “I have enough work here and I am committed to Barcelona, even if everything depends on results, that’s normal it won’t be a surprise.
“I believe I owe a debt to Barcelona due to all the support they have given me and I have to keep going.
“When people put their faith in you and help you, you cannot turn your back on them.”
Rijkaard has the full backing of club president Joan Laporta and Johan Cruyff, who was instrumental in helping Barca appoint him as coach in 2003.