Xavi hopes Luis Enrique stays

Luis Enrique has enjoyed an unforgettable first year in charge of Barca, leading the club to a domestic double of Primera Division and Copa del Rey titles with the possibility of also adding the Champions League crown to that list.

If Barca do beat Juventus in Saturday’s final in Berlin they would win the treble for a second time in six years, having also achieved the feat in Pep Guardiola’s historic first season, but there are still question marks about Luis Enrique’s future beyond this weekend.

The 45-year-old signed a two-year contract when he took over 12 months ago but reports have suggested the former Barca player could walk away this summer.

Xavi hopes that does not happen, though.

He said at Tuesday’s media day: “I don’t know what he will do, but hopefully he will continue because we’ve won with him and his plans.

“He’s been a very good leader for the team and I think that we’ve worked and trained very well.

“Hopefully he stays for the good of Barca. I think he’s in the best place that he could be.”

Xavi, however, will not be at Barca next season as he prepares to call time on his 24-year stint with the club ahead of a summer move to Qatari side Al-Sadd.

The 35-year-old is Barcelona’s most decorated player having won 24 titles with the club as well as helping Spain win the World Cup and two European Championships.

His thirst for silverware has not been diminished, though, and he is hoping to go out on a high this weekend.

He said: “It’s my last final with Barca and I want to win it, to be able to lift that title and enjoy it with all the Barcelona fans.

“This has been a spectacular end to my Barca career and I will try to help the team as much as I can if I play the final.”

Xavi knows a fairytale ending is not a certainty though, with final opponents Juventus also looking to complete the treble having already claimed the Serie A and Coppa Italia titles this season.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men also dumped out holders Real Madrid from the Champions League semi-finals, so Xavi is taking nothing for granted.

He added in quotes reported by sport.es: “Our season has been very good and could be excellent, but it’s also the same for Juventus.

“I think the two teams both arrive at the same level and that’s why we’re both only one game from the treble.

“It’s a final and although some see us as favourites, we know that it will be very tough.

“They can play football and are capable of keeping the ball, but they also know how to keep things very tight.”

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