Barcelona boss Luis Enrique yet to decide on Manchester United target Cesc Fabregas’ future
New Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has insisted that he has not taken a decision over the future of midfielder Cesc Fabregas, telling reporters that he has plenty of time ahead of his to assess the former Arsenal man’s future at the Nou Camp.
Manchester United target Fabregas has been linked with a move away from Barcelona in recent weeks, with speculation suggesting that a return to the Premier League could be on the cards under new United boss Louis van Gaal.
However Enrique insisted that no decision has been made, hinting that no final call will be made until after the upcoming World Cup.
“In principle, we have not taken any decisions like that because we still have time,” said Enrique, installed as Barca boss this week.
“Some players are now focused on the World Cup finals, which is their job, and how it should be.
“We need to assess and evaluate now and when the time is right we will go into that and we will talk about everything.”
Continuing on the subject of another of his players, Enrique also remained tight-lipped over the future of Xavi, saying, “He is a friend and a former team-mate.
“We will sit down and talk about what he wants and what we want.”
Finally, the 44 year old spoke about the importance of attacking duo Lionel Messi and Neymar, before warning that his squad will be strengthened in the upcoming transfer window.
“Messi brings more that just goals. He is very important to the squad and we want him at his best. If he is not then we will help to achieve that.
“Neymar is obviously one of the most important players in the team. He was a big investment and I am happy to have him.
“There will be changes in several positions, we need to strengthen the team as much as possible.
“If you are not up to the job, it is time for a change. We will make adjustments in every area and the better players we have the better it will be for everyone because we will have a team that generates expectations.”