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Wednesday May 2 2012
Report: Enrique will quit Roma

There are numerous reports that Luis Enrique has already informed Roma he will leave at the end of the season.

This morning Portuguese media claimed there was a deal in place with his replacement, former Porto and Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas.

It is now suggested in several media outlets in Italy that Luis Enrique has told Giallorossi directors he has no intention of staying on for next season, as he is tired of the criticism and increasing protests from fans.

The ultras have made their feelings clear by hanging large banners outside the training ground with ‘Luis go home’ written in Spanish.

The reports are fuelled by the tacticians comments before the 2-2 draw with Napoli. “I am 100 per cent sure of what I want to do.”

It is claimed there are fractures within the club on this decision, as director general Franco Baldini is very much in favour of keeping Luis Enrique, whereas director of sport Walter Sabatini is less convinced.

“We don’t want to think of a future without Luis Enrique, but perhaps he considers himself to be a problem,” Sabatini told Sky Sport Italia television after yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Chievo.

“We will certainly talk it over together at the end of the season and make our evaluations.”

Today Sabatini also spoke to the cameras of Mediaset Premium and confirmed this approach.

“From what Luis Enrique said emerges perhaps his desire to leave the club at the end of the season, but that is just my personal sensation.

“Maybe he doesn’t feel supported by the environment around Roma and for this reason, to not create an imbalance within the team and the club, he wants to take this decision. He doesn’t want to spread that insecurity to the players.”

The former Barcelona B Coach is likely to receive a golden handshake deal on his exit if he gives up on the three-year contract worth €2.9m per season.

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