Everton manager Roberto Martinez - who has been tipped as the long-term successor to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal - has all the credentials needed to be a coach at Barcelona, according to Gerard Deulofeu.
The Daily Mirror reports how the on-loan midfielder has backed his current boss at Goodison Park for a future role at Camp Nou, saying that he hopes the Spaniard will be given a chance by the Catalan giants.
"That would be great, really, but I think it is complicated," Deulofeu said in an exclusive interview with the International Business Times. "Tata Martino still has one year left on his contract, so we will see.
"Anyway, I believe Roberto would be up to being Barcelona's coach as he has shown that in the teams he has been at, he has done well."
The 40-year-old has been earning rave reviews after succeeding David Moyes at Everton, and has already been mooted by the Daily Star as a possible future Arsenal manager when Wenger finally decides to call time on his stay at the Emirates Stadium.
After guiding Wigan Athletic to FA Cup final success in 2013, Martinez has further enhanced his reputation with Everton in the mix for Champions League qualification - potentially at the expense of the Gunners - via a top four finish in the Premier League this year.
Deulofeu has excelled under Martinez's tutelage, and recent reports have suggested that Barcelona are keen for the 20-year-old to spend another season on loan under the Toffees boss.
"Roberto is the one who has given me the opportunity to play in the first division, he is the coach who has given me the most confidence," added the Barcelona loanee. "The truth is that he has supported me from the beginning.
"I knew it would be complicated because there are very good players who have spent many years at Everton. Roberto has managed me patiently."