Barcelona Manager, Luiz Enrique announced on Wednesday his decision to quit at the end of the season. The announcement came after an emphatic 6 – 1 win over Sporting Gijon.

The ex-Spanish International who is in his third season with the Catalan Giants said at the post match conference that the well thought out decision is taken because he is tired and needs rest.

“It is a difficult, measured and well thought-out decision and I think I have to be loyal to what I think,” said Enrique, who will leave at the end of his contract this summer.

“I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have shown in me. It’s been three unforgettable years.

“It’s about how I live with my profession, with a never-ending quest for solutions and to improve my team. That means I have very little time to rest, very few hours to disconnect.

“I think it will be good for me at the end of the season, because I need to rest. That’s the principle motive.

“The most important thing is we have three exciting months left in all three competitions. In one of them, we are in a difficult situation but if the stars align, we will have a chance to turn it around.”

The Spanish La Liga Champions have suffered some strings of poor results this season but the 6 – 1 thrashing of Gijon on Wednesday took them to the top with a point above Real Madrid who were held 3 – 3 by Las Palmas.

Barcelona are on the verge of possible elimination from the UEFA Champions League after losing 4 – 0 to Paris St-Germain in the last-16 first leg but face Alaves in the Copa del Rey final on 27 May.

Enrique who featured for Barcelona between 1996 and 2004 as a footballer joined the Catalan giants as the manager in 2014 and went on to win treble (Champions League, Spanish La Liga and Copa del Rey) in his first season.

Everton Manager, Ronald Koeman and Michael Laudrup are possible replacements for the former Celta Vigo Boss.


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