After reports claimed that Luis Enrique is on his way out as Barcelona’s manager, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu quickly dismissed the rumous, saying that her will stay.
“He has a contract and he will continue,” Bartomeu stressed in an interview published in AS. “He has done a great job.” The club president also said that they are not yet talking about contract extensions and will be doing so only after the club’s presidential elections, but Bartomeu hopes that Enrique will be staying with them for the foreseeable future. The manager still has a year on his two-year deal with the Barcas.
The reports of Enrique leaving Barcelona came amid the rumors of his supposed strained relationship with the players. In particular, the 45-year old is said to be not in good terms with forward Lionel Messi, following an argument during a training session some months back.
Reports also claimed that Enrique was not pleased with how the team handled Andoni Zubizaretta’s exit during the middle of the season. The former sporting director’s axing came in as the latest i9n a series of major departures from the team during the early part of the season. The exits have created a large void in Barcelona’s ranks and said to have affected management during the period.
However, Bartomeu quickly dismissed the rumors, insisting that they have already patched up all the issues that might have happene4d during the early parts of the season. He also stressed that Enrique is, in fact, getting along rather well with his players, including Messi.
The president also dismissed reports that they are set to hire outgoing Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti as a replacement for Enrique. Bartomeu remarked that these claims seem to be there to lower morale on his side. Ancelo9tti is said to be leaving Real after the team where unable to with the La Liga title, with Barcelona beating them to it with a four point lead.