Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano refused to clarify whether coach Manuel Pellegrini would remain in his post next season following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Malaga.
Madrid had needed Barca to lose at home to Real Valladolid and to beat Malaga to snatch the league away from their rivals, but neither result went their way.
Pellegrini had already been under pressure following early exits from the Champions League and Copa del Rey and in recent few weeks speculation linking Inter coach Jose Mourinho with a move to the Bernabeu has grown.
“We need to congratulate Barcelona, a worthy champion,” said Valdano. “With regards to the coach, now we will discuss this inside the club and we’ll see what decision we take. Today is not the day to take decisions.
“The end of the season has arrived, now we have a lot of time ahead and we’ll see what course we take next season. We aren’t going to talk outside the club about something we haven’t yet talked about inside.”
Madrid pushed Barca all the way in the league, finishing with 31 wins from 38 games, 96 points and 102 goals in their favour.
“The team did themselves proud and I refuse to talk of failure, although it’s true that we cannot finish the season without titles,” Valdano said. The team has fought until the end and next season we will continue with this effort.”
“Last season we started this project and this year we need to continue it. There won’t be as many changes as last year but there will be adjustments to have the team at the highest level and improve on this season.”
With regards to comments from Mourinho, who said he was still “very very far away from being Real coach”, Valdano said: “We aren’t going to get into this. Mourinho has other battles and we have to continue forward independent of opinions and outside statements.”