Enrique denies Barca ultimatum

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has denied receiving an ultimatum over his future from club President Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Reports in Spain had suggested the Asturian was just two games away from the sack following the 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad last weekend, with the Catalans facing Elche in the Copa del Rey on Thursday and Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

However, the 44-year-old told reporters there was no truth in the stories whatsoever.

“I haven’t received an ultimatum from the President. In fact, I’ve never had such a threat in my entire career,” revealed Enrique.

“I have a good relationship with the President and everyone at the club, while I try to keep myself on the margins of what is said in the Press.

“The defeat at Real Sociedad was particularly annoying, especially since Real Madrid lost on the same day. Losing affects everybody – players, coaching staff and fans.

“But I’m not going to disclose what was said in the dressing room. There is a lot of negative information doing the rounds and lots of lies, which I’m also not going to comment on.

“Situations change during the season or depending on who you talk to, although I’d like to have a more positive atmosphere, yet I feel as strong now as I did when I started this job.”

Enrique conceded it was going to be a demanding month for his players and was asked if some of them, in particular Lionel Messi, are treated differently from the rest.

“We’re starting the week with a tough Cup tie and if we get through we’ll meet our eternal rivals Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in the next round, while there are also some interesting League games coming up.

“No, I don’t treat all my players the same as that would be impossible and it would be a mistake. I don’t treat them the same just as I don’t treat my kids equally.

“There are rules that must be obeyed and which need to be respected, but the player’s opinions are equally valid.

“I’ve always remained true to myself and tried to be a good professional and do what’s best for the club,” he added.

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