Rijkaard rejects resignation rumours

February 17, 2007

MADRID, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard said on Saturday he is not planning to quit the European and Spanish champions at the end of the season.

Spanish media had reported that political in-fighting at the Catalan club had convinced the Dutchman to bring his time at Barcelona to an end.

'I have looked into the future... and it says, yes,' Rijkaard told a news conference, as he made light of a question on whether he would be at Barcelona next year.

'I have never said I was going to leave. I am happy here, and it is an honour to work here. But it is a bit much to say that I will be here many years because I know how football works. My intention is to stay.'

Speculation over his future had increased this week after a public fall out with striker Samuel Eto'o, which has since been smoothed over.

Leaders Barcelona visit Valencia in the Primera Liga on Sunday.