Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has once again refused to answer questions over his future, as speculation mounts that he could leave Camp Nou at the end of the season when his contract expires.
Since arriving at the Camp Nou in 2014, Enrique has led Barcelona to two Copa del Rey titles, both La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League, as well as a UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
That would be enough for any other club in the world to sign their manager to a new long-term deal, but not Barcelona were the internal politics are sometimes more ruthless than MSN!
The politics have worn Enrique down and in a press conference on Wednesday he refused to comment on whether he felt his players wanted him to remain in charge beyond the end of the season.
“I don’t have anything to say,” declared Enrique, who has seen Jorge Sampaoli, thriving at Sevilla, linked with the Barca manager’s job.
And when quizzed over the possibility that he could even be replaced by his own assistant – Juan Carlos Unzue – he replied: “This question has nothing to do with tomorrow’s game.”
Enrique was more forthcoming when discussing his long-term future with the club’s in-house television station:
“The truth is that I don’t know,” he told Barca TV.
“I have no doubt that I’m in the best team in the best club with the best players at the place that feels like home to me, with my family here and winning things and enjoying everything a lot.
“But there is also a part of this tough job that really grates, it has its negatives and I have to weigh that up ahead of next season.”
This has been a real struggle for Barcelona this season as they have had some poor patches in the league. Yet here we sit in late January and Barcelona are two points off leaders Real Madrid, favorites to win the Copa del Rey and still in the Champions League. Not bad for a club supposedly in crisis!