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Enrique Warns Barca Players of Changes

  • ESPN FC, Wednesday, May 21, 2014 4:17 PM

In his first press conference as the new coach of Barcelona, Luis Enrique made it clear that last season’s performances were not good enough from the Blaugrana and indicated that he could make sweeping changes to the squad ahead of the 2014/15 season.

"The players must know that you cannot let a year pass at Barca," Enrique said. "If they are not at the level required then there will be changes. We will reinforce the team in the best way possible, to be as competitive as possible.”

Though the likes of Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, and Javier Mascherano have been linked with moves away from the Camp Nou, Enrique would not mention specific names. "I do not want to talk too much about individuals,” he said. “Good and important players will stay. We will look at everyone and then see what we do. We do not have to make decisions now. We have time."

One player that will not be leaving is star striker Lionel Messi, who signed a contract extension on the same day that Enrique was officially appointed as Barca’s new manager. "I am delighted to have the best player in the world in the squad," Enrique said of Messi, adding: "The club thinks the same. He just renewed his contract, so he is delighted to be here too. It is obvious that Leo's performances last season were not as incredible as in other years, but he remains the No. 1. We have got used to his amazing figures. He brings more than just goals. He is very important with the group. We want him at his best; if not, we will look to help him so that he is."

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