Barcelona angered by Ancelotti rumours
The club’s president says reports claiming the current Real Madrid boss could replace Luis Enrique are calculated and admits Dani Alves’ future remains uncertain
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has hit out at suggestions the club could pursue Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti to replace Luis Enrique .
Luis Enrique has done a fine job in his debut season at Camp Nou, leading Barca to the Liga title and the finals of the Copa del Rey and Champions League.
However, he has yet to confirm that he will remain in the job next season and reports in Spain suggested that Ancelotti – whose future at the Santiago Bernabeu is doubtful – is on a shortlist of candidates to join Madrid’s fierce rivals.
Bartomeu, who is confident Luis Enrique will stay, has now accused some sections of the media of wanting to cause unrest at the club.
“We are very angry about the Carlo Ancelotti situation,” he told radio station RAC1.
“I say to our members that this is not true and it seems they want to destabilise the club.
“The club needs tranquillity because we have a cup final and a Champions League final. It seems someone wants to destabilise us. There is no list of coaches. Ariedo Braida and Carles Rexach are looking at players.”
Bartomeu also revealed the club are unlikely to increase their contract offer to full-back Dani Alves and remains unsure if he will stay.
“Barcelona have made Alves the best offer we can. He will decide. I don’t know if he’ll stay or not,” he said.
Bartomeu went on to confirm that Barca are keen to reach agreements over transfers this summer, even though they cannot field any new signings until next January.
The president added: “Barcelona can sign new players as of January 1, 2016. We can sign this summer and bring them in in January.”