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Luis Enrique right to leave Barcelona door open for Paul Pogba

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Luis Enrique did not need long to put to rest many the questions which had been filling Culers' heads since the team lifted the treble. Although it does seem like a historical feat was achieved a lifetime ago, the truth is that it is in fact little more than a month ago. How time flies, right?

As always, the Asturian manager came back with plenty of energy and high expectations:

"Barcelona's objective is to repeat the success of last season. The treble is now in the past, now we are interested in six trophies. Second seasons are usually better. There is the base work and I am convinced that the team can improve in several aspects. The motivation is there to be better than our opponents via continual development, if you stand still you get burned.”

Much has been said about Barcelona's increasing interest on completing further transfers, with Juventus' playmaker Paul Pogba the star of the show in the last few weeks despite his huge €80 million price-tag.

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Luis Enrique refused to comment on any upcoming signings, but did not waste a second to have a dig at the very poor results achieved by Barcelona's reserve team and, as a result, the obvious decline in quality and attitude from La Masia youngsters:

“We don’t know if anymore players can come in or if any will leave. Sandro and Munir form part of the first team squad in every sense. Let’s see if in the end they stay. I am not happy with the performance of the B squad last season. I hoped for more from all of them.”

Personally, I strongly believe that Barcelona should invest heavily in order to attract the best footballers on the planet if they can provide an extra edge to the squad which current players or those in La Masia simply don't have. Despite the numbers which are being talked about for Pogba's transfer being considerably larger than average, nobody can deny that he has the potential to become a regular starter at the Camp Nou for the next decade. 

On that basis, Pogba should be signed even if finances are stretched as a result.

There were many who doubted Luis Enrique was involved in the signing of Arda Turan, which was strangely completed last week despite the club being involved in the closest election run in decades. Nothing further than the truth, apparently:


"I am very happy with the players brought in and I take this opportunity to congratulate the Managing Commission for signing of Arda Turan. The operation was key for us. He is going through the normal process when a player arrives at a new club. He has to find his place with the support of this teammates.”

“Turan knows the league perfectly, he can beat players, it’s difficult to get the ball from him and also he offers us things defensively. He strengthens us and offers competition. The same for Aleix Vidal, he is great signing, and he will make us better.”

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Pedro has publicly admitted his desire to listen to offers despite having already started the preseason with Barcelona in what can only be interpreted as an invitation for offers from major clubs. With Chelsea having already shown keen interest, his future is more uncertain than ever. 

However, Luis Enrique showed his unequivocal support for the Spanish international winger:

“Pedro’s situation is very clear: I don’t want anyone from the squad to leave. I have always highlighted his performances and I hope to maintain our relationship. It is the player who has to decide.”

Now, it's your turn


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