Luis Enrique tells Arsenal, Liverpool targets how to avoid being sold

Luis Enrique is set to offer an olive branch to the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Javier Mascherano and Alexis Sanchez.

Barcelona’s new manager Luis Enrique has wasted no time telling his current squad of stars what he expects from them before the World Cup and ahead of a potentially busy summer for the Catalan club.

Barca have several players who are reportedly in transfer limbo, unsure over their futures at the Nou Camp with Premier League sides ready to pounce and snap up some very good players.

Cesc Fabregas is being linked with moves to Arsenal and Manchester United while Liverpool have been linked with a trio of Barca stars; Javier Mascherano, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez.

The new boss’ message is clear if any of those stars want to stay at the club; work hard and win my confidence.

Spanish newspaper AS has had the chance to interview the new Barca manager and leads the story on their website with a tag of “Luis Enrique: ‘Players have to win my confidence’.”

“We are going to take advantage of all of the time we have during the preseason to help the players - I will do what I consider to be beneficial for the Cub, and from there the results will show if I was right in my decision,” said Enrique.

The report suggests that Barca’s boss isn’t going to make any hasty or quick decisions which could backfire in relation to some of his more important and high profile players.

Barca have just come off of a season where they were beaten at the final hurdle for the title by Atletico Madrid and dumped out of the Champions League by Diego Simeone’s men.

Changes are likely but the comments from Barca’s new boss suggest he’s willing to give those linked with exits a chance to prove that they can become his most important players.

He’s in a difficult position because sides will be determined to try and get deals done before the World Cup, but it’s impossible for any new manager to make big decisions on his squad until he’s had a chance to work closely with the players.

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