Luis Enrique has admitted for the first time that Marc Bartra could leave Barcelona following Sunday’s Copa del Rey triumph against Sevilla.
Barca ended the season with a second straight double under Enrique as goals from Jordi Alba and Neymar in extra time secured a 2-0 win at the Vicente Calderon, prompting the Coach to hail his squad of “champions”, while casting doubt on the defender’s future in Catalonia.
“This team is made of champions, and I’ve congratulated them,” he said after the game.
“They’ve again proved that they’re a team who can adapt to any game situation.
“They’ve shown pride and I’m very proud of them. I must also congratulate the fans because they never let us down.
“It’s been a brilliant season, in which we’ve won four trophies, not just two [referring to the European Super Cup and Club World Cup].
“[On his name being chanted throughout the game], the truth is that I’ve always fallen to my feet here.
“I feel like a Catalan, although I’m 1000 percent from Gijon and Asturian, and can’t feel more valued and loved.
“[Jeremy Mathieu] played like a beast in central defence. [On Marc Bartra, his future] it’s uncertain for everyone, the players and coaches.
“[On Javier Mascherano’s red card], everything went very quickly, but I think Mascherano risked it a little, thinking he could play the ball.
“This was the game that I had to make the most decisions in, but the final showed that they were successful.
“[On goalkeeping rotation next season], the balance has been positive on both an individual and collective level.
“I do not know what I’ll do tomorrow. I’m only thinking about what I’ll do next season.
“The best thing is that we finished the season with trophies. The worst was our injuries.”