Enrique commits to Barcelona

2015-06-10 08:02
Luis Enrique (AFP)

Madrid - Luis Enrique has extended his contract as coach of European champions Barcelona until 2017, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said Tuesday.

The 45-year-old coach was under contract until 2016 but said he was not sure about continuing after Barca beat Juventus 3-1 in Saturday's Champions League final.

Bartomeu has persuaded him to continue, with an increased salary. The president also expressed his glee that veteran right-back Dani Alves had agreed to extend his contract for two more seasons, with an option for a third.

Bartomeu has officially resigned as president in order to be a candidate in the club's elections in July. The club will be managed by an interim board of directors during the election campaign.

Bartomeu took over at Barca in January 2014 from Sandro Rosell, who has been indicted by a judge for alleged misdemeanours in the signing of Brazilian forward Neymar in 2013.

Bartomeu appears to be a strong candidate after Barca's treble of Champions, Spanish league and cup, but could be up against Joan Laporta - who was president from 2003 to 2010 - though the latter has yet to confirm his candidacy. 

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