Martino says he will see out contract
Gerardo Martino scotched the rumours about his possible departure from Barcelona on Tuesday by saying that he will see out his contract, which runs until 2015.
“I am a man of my word and I will fulfill my contract. I have always seen out my contracts. I am working hard to win trophies for the club.”
Martino said nothing about the rumours that he might be interested in working in the Middle East or taking over the Argentine national team after the World Cup Martino, 51, took over unexpectedly at Barca last August when Tito Vilanova had to step down due to throat cancer.
He has guided the Catalans to the quarterfinals of the Champions League and to the Spanish cup final, and his team is just one point behind Atletico and Real Madrid in La Liga after Sunday’s dramatic late 4-3 win at Real in El Clasico.
Martino said he was surprised at all the controversy surrounding El Clasico, in which referee Alberto Undiano gave three penalties – one to Real then two to Barca – and sent off Real defender Sergio Ramos.
“It’s a bit of a pity (all the controversy) because I thought that here in Spain people talked more about the actual football played rather than the referee’s decisions.”
Martino then had a dig at Real boss Carlo Ancelotti, who blamed Undiano for his team’s defeat.
“I would like to hear more analysis from coaches than controversy. There were a lot of virtues and mistakes from both teams to talk about. I do not want to talk about what Ancelotti said.”
Martino finished by discussing the last two months of the season.
“What we have to do now is find the consistency and concentration that we have been missing. Every match from now on will be difficult,” he said.