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Neymar tells Barcelona who he wants to replace Luis Enrique

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Luis Enrique might yet walk away from Barcelona as a champion if they can hold off Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

The two clubs are level on 81 points at the summit, though Zinedine Zidane's men have to be favourites for as long as they have a game in hand.

Zizou is desperate for glory as he knows the longevity of his reign in the Bernabeu hot seat could depend on how the title race goes.

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Yet, for Enrique, the outcome won't have any bearing on his future, having already announced in March that this would be his final season in charge.

The list of potential successors is a long one. Atletic Bilbao's Ernesto Valverde and Sevilla's Jorge Sampaoli have been the names most heavily linked with the Blaugrana, while Paddy Power are offering a few more tongue-in-cheek suggestions, Guillem Balagué, Tim Sherwood, and Neil Lennon all featuring in the betting.

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For all the big names in the frame, there's a strong possibility that Barca will opt for one of the club's unsung heroes.

Juan Carlos Unzué is currently Enrique's assistant, but he does have managerial experience from his days at Numancia and Racing Santander.

It appears he would be a popular choice, too. According to UOL Esporte, per AS, Neymar has already told the hierarchy that he wants him in charge next term. Who doesn't love a bit of player power, after all? 

Neymar has made his choice clear 

As often seems to be the case with the 25-year-old, he delivered his message to club officials via his father.

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The Brazilian has expressed a preference for Unzué due to the fact that he already knows the players and could offer some much-needed stability.

The club's performances in the Champions League suggest the era of effortless European dominance is over, so the next couple of seasons are set to be a period of transition.

As a former goalkeeper, Unzué may be well placed to sort out the Catalans' defensive problems rather than focusing on their blistering attack.

Who should replace Enrique at Barcelona? Have your say in the comments. 

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