According to Alberto Fernandez, a former Barcelona team-mate of Luis Enrique, the current Celta Vigo coach should accept any job offer from the Catalan giants this summer.
The former Barcelona star has been tipped to replace Tito Vilanova at the Camp Nou - and according to his ex-team-mate, he should not say no to the job.
Enrique, who became Celta Vigo’s manager less than six weeks ago, had enjoyed great success as Barcelona B coach from 2008 to 2011 and is one of the front-runners along with Gerardo Martino, the former coach of Lionel Messi’s boyhood club Newell's Old Boys, to bag the prestigious job of Barcelona's first-team manager.
Fernando, however, believes Enrique would be perfect for the job, especially because of his association and success with the club’s La Masia prospects.
“I have not talked to Luis Enrique yet, but it is an opportunity that he cannot afford to miss”, Alberto told Cadena Cope. “He played for the club and has lived in Barcelona. He would be a success. He has done great things with Barcelona B.”
In order to land Enrique, Barcelona would have to pay Celta €3 million to release him.
Enrique had played for Barca 300 times having joined the club from arch-rivals Real Madrid. His first foray into management was with Barcelona B, replacing Pep Guardiola after he was promoted into first-team duties in 2008.
Under Enrique’s leadership, Barcelona B returned to the Spanish Second Division after a gap of ten years and finished that season in third place.
After three years with the club's youth team, he decided to move to Roma but could not repeat his heroics with the Italian club and returned to Spain signing with Spanish side Celta Vigo this summer.
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