FC Barcelona wants to repatriate Luis Enrique this summer


By: Manu Tournoux

Julian Nagelsmann, Hansi Flick, Roberto De Zerbi, Thiago Motta… In recent weeks, the list of possible successors to Xavi on the FC Barcelona bench has continued to grow. Despite everything, nothing has yet been definitively decided within the club’s board of directors and other opportunities could well emerge in the months to come. In this perspective, the Cadena SER provides new information on this hot topic. As the Blaugranas prepare to play their future on the European scene against Naples in the Champions League round of 16 second leg (1-1 in the first leg), Spanish radio indicates, in fact, that the The option favored by Deco, sporting director of the Culers, would be to repatriate Luis Enrique to the Catalan bench, starting this summer.

“In an ideal world, Deco’s favorite coach is Luis Enrique. The one they like the most is the coach of Asturias, another thing is whether he can sign or not because he has a contract with PSG. They like young coaches like Arteta or Xabi Alonso. Roberto de Zerbi is also appreciated and his methods are well known. Obviously, we have always spoken to the German: Flick, Tuchel… The economic situation is what it is and it limits as much as it limits, but at the moment, the coach that I like the most is Luis Enrique »analyzes from this perspective Sique Rodríguez, in “Carrusal Canalla”.

Luis Enrique, an unattainable dream for Barça?

Having worked for Barça between 2014 and 2017, Luis Enrique is, in any case, perceived as the ideal technician to restore a certain shine to the Barcelona game. The media also specifies that the Catalan management would like to take advantage of the hostile climate currently reigning in the French capital to convince the 53-year-old Spaniard to return to Catalonia. Between the upcoming departure of Kylian Mbappé and the numerous criticisms addressed to the Asturian coach – whether on the collective shortcomings of PSG, his tactical choices or his communication – the current architect of the Rouge et Bleu could, in fact, tire.

Be wary, however, because if the former coach of La Roja, linked to the reigning French champion until June 2025, generally completes the contracts he signs, another major problem arises in the face of Deco’s current wishes. In financial difficulty, Barça clearly does not seem to have sufficient room for maneuver to force the fate of the Iberian. While waiting to see whether or not the management of the Culers will try their luck, Barça, relegated to eight points behind Real Madrid after their frustrating draw (0-0) in Bilbao, will for their part have to finish their season as best as possible.

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