Barca President Denies Claims He Will Fire Enrique
Jakarta – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said to have plans to remove Luis Enrique from his post as coach. But it was emphatically denied by Bartomeu.
A TV channel in Catalan, TV3, claiming that Bartomeu met Lionel Messi after Copa del Rey match against Elche. During the meeting, Bartomeu claimed to have been told that he will kick Messi Enrique.
Messi relationship and Enrique himself mentioned it is not in harmony. The problem stems from dissatisfaction Messi came on as a player when only substitutes in the game against Real Sociedad. Rumors got hotter after Messi missed a training session on Monday (05/01/2015).
But the claim is denied by Bartomeu.
“When I landed in New York (for a UNICEF event), I read the news, and it’s totally wrong. No one asked me to fire anyone,” said Bartomeu told Football Espana.
“I went to the locker room as usual, of course, but what is said TV3 wrong. I spoke with Leo, Neymar, Adriano, Luis Enrique (after the game against Elche).”
The future of Messi at Barcelona also was a speculation. Not harmonious relationship with Enrique makes Messi called start considering his future at Camp Nou.
Chelsea into a club which has been linked to the Argentine star. However Bartomeu asserted that Messi was happy at Barca.
“Leo happy at Barcelona and the best players in the world. He has been here for a long time and are very motivated to have an outstanding season along with his teammates,” said Bartomeu.
“A few weeks ago PSG, now an English club. He appeared incredible, he is our leader and we are happy with it. The team is very focused to beat Atletico Madrid,” he added.