Stoke City star's dad criticises Barcelona coach for player treatment

Bojan Krkic Sr has got into something of a slanging match with Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique.

Stoke City shocked many this summer when they managed to persuade former Barcelona prospect Bojan Krkic to make the move to The Britannia Stadium. The talented attacker, once dubbed the 'next Messi' has shown indifferent form since he arrived in The Potteries but hope still remains he can prove himself with Stoke City.

He has certainly had a mixed run of it in recent times. He had loan spells at Ajax and Milan in recent seasons, while he also spent two seasons at Roma as part of a co-ownership deal with Barca.

He was signed by Luis Enrique, the new Barcelona head coach, but failed to make an impact while he was at the club and after he departed, hence why Roma decided not to sign him permanently.

But it seems that Bojan's old man is still not a fan of Enrique's, who he has accused of marking his territory at Barcelona by dropping Gerard Pique and restricting the game time of Xavi.

Bojan Krkic Sr, himself a former footballer with Sutjeska and the Serbian national team, is a former scout at Barcelona - and told Mundo Deportivo of Enrique's decision to drop Pique and Xavi:

"Luis Enrique went to Rome and, soon, team leaders had problems, he came into conflict. At Celtic also had a conflict with a leader, Borja Oubina."

He has a point in some respects. Francesco Totti in particular found himself in the cold at Roma while Enrique was around. Krkic continued:

"In the presentation of Luis Enrique he worried me when he said he was the leader of the locker room. That had me worried. Leaders in the locker room should be the players."

The Stoke City star's father has however not impressed Enrique, whose rebuttal reads:

"I respect the opinions of third parties but I do not necessarily share them. I am not a hunting dog that marks my territory. I always have the same objective; to get the best out of the entire squad. And I'm sure I make a lot of mistakes."

In fairness to Enrique Pique and Xavi have not been performing at their best for a while and he certainly had justification for dropping them. It is hard not to believe that the failure of the Stoke City player in Rome may be fuelling his father's comments slightly, but put it this way - we are bound to hear of these two coming to blows again in the not so distant future.

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