Luis Enrique denies ultimatum rumour

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has denied receiving an ultimatum from the club following defeat to Real Sociedad and reports of a fallout with Lionel Messi.

Speaking after Sunday’s loss the Barca boss was determined to dismiss rumours about his future in the role.

“I have not received any ultimatum," he confirmed, "if I had it would have been the first time in my short career, but I have not.”

Rumour mill gone mad

He continued: “I am not here to deny or confirm any of these stories. My job is to coach the first team. We are still in all the competitions and I am optimistic about the rest of the season.

“I have the same relationship with him (Messi) as when I joined the club. And it's the same as with all the players. Coaches always depend on results but I do feel backed by the players and by the board."

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Messi team selection

Enrique came under fierce criticism for leaving Lionel Messi out as the Catalan giants were shocked by David Moyes’ Real Sociedad.

He added: “I have nothing to be sorry for in terms of how I treat the players. I am piloting the ship as I see fit. And I'm not going to comment on all the stories that have come out in the last couple of days.”

“I talk to all the players. He is the best player in the world but I have said that so many times I don't need to repeat it.”

Barcelona in turmoil

Enrique's comments come in the wake of a serious of troubling events in Catalonia.

Director of football Andoni Zubizarreta was recently sacked for allowing Cesc Fabregas to leave the club and Carlos Puyol stepped down from his position as sporting director.

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