Luis Enrique refuses to deny Barcelona exit talk after Champions League win

Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique (L) celebrates at the end of the UEFA Champions League Final football match between Juventus and FC Barcelona
Image: Luis Enrique celebrates Barcelona's victory

Luis Enrique has refused to commit his future to Barcelona, despite guiding them to a historic treble in Berlin.

The 45-year-old won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League in his first season in charge of the club, despite coming under widespread criticism from the Spanish media in the early part of the season amid reports of a bust-up with star player Lionel Messi.

But despite winning what he described as a "spectacular" final against Juventus in Berlin, Enrique was in a bullish mood when he faced the media afterwards and refused to deny speculation that he might walk away from Barcelona this summer.

"The time will come for decisions to be made," he said.

"At this point, we will celebrate. It has been a difficult year. I am very satisfied and very happy with the work we have done together with all of our staff.

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"I am so happy at the moment. You can't ask me to think about the media and the people who have criticised me. I have zero interest in that.

"I don't care what the press say about me. It's easy to be critical and to criticise. Work has to be assessed sometimes on the basis of results.

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"I know where I am, the position I occupy. I am thinking about my family, the players and the people who have supported me and I am obviously elated.

"Let me repeat. I need to enjoy a great party tonight and tomorrow. The supporters sang my name tonight and throughout the season at the Camp Nou.

"I don't need that though because I know they have supported me and are fond of me but today is a day for celebration."

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Back-to-back defeats against Real Madrid and at home to Celta Vigo put Enrique under pressure in November, but the team has lost only twice since the turn of the year as they took a clean sweep of trophies.

And the manager said he never doubted what his players were capable of achieving.

"I have had no doubts as to my work, the work of the players and anyone in the first team of Barcelona. Or the fans either.

"This is our 60th match. We have lost six and drawn four and these figures show this is one of the best seasons of a great club like Barcelona.

"The best club in Europe is Barcelona. You can see this from the trophies we have won. We want to keep this going."

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