Luis Enrique has confirmed that he will step down as Barcelona Coach at the end of the season.
Speculation had intensified that Enrique would not extend his contract beyond the summer, amidst reports he had fallen out of favour with his players after a campaign dogged by poor performances.
“I want to end this Press conference in a different way,” revealed the 46-year-old in the wake of Barca’s 6-1 win against Sporting Gijon on Wednesday.
“I can confirm that I won’t be Barca Coach next season. I’m not going to renew my contract at the end of the season.
“I’ve talked to [director] Albert Soler and [technical secretary] Robert Fernandez, I told them that there was the possibility of this happening and they told me not to hurry. The time has come for this decision to be made.”
A former Blaugrana player, Enrique was appointed Coach in the summer of 2014 and led the club to a historic second treble in his first season.
He followed up with a domestic double in 2015-16 and could yet end this term with three more trophies, although Barca trail Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 in the Champions League last 16 and are playing catch-up with Real Madrid in La Liga.