Enrique opens door for Barca

2014-05-16 17:35
Luis Enrique (AFP)

Madrid - Luis Enrique has moved a step closer to becoming Barcelona coach next season by announcing he will leave Celta Vigo come the end of the current campaign.

A former Barca captain, Enrique has been widely tipped to succeed Gerardo Martino after being photographed meeting with the Catalan club's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta two weeks ago.

However, he insisted he has not yet reached an agreement with any other club for next season.

"The club has gone through a year of transition and stabilised itself in the Primera Division comfortably and I think it is the moment to say to the club that I am not going to continue," Enrique said at a press conference on Friday.

"Today I don't know where I will manage next year.

"I don't have an agreement with anyone, nor anything like it, although that seems incredible.

"When I tell you everything is speculation that is what it is, whether you believe me or not."

Enrique was coach of the Barcelona B team during Pep Guardiola's time in charge at the Camp Nou before leaving for an ill-fated season at Italian club Roma.

However, his reputation has been enhanced by leading Celta into the top-half of La Liga in his only season in charge of the Galicians, including a 2-0 win over Real Madrid last weekend which mathematically ended Los Blancos' title chances.

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