Luis Enrique announces his daughter Xana has died from bone cancer, aged 9

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Former Barcelona and Spain manager Luis Enrique has announced the heartbreaking news that his daughter has died from cancer.

Xana, 9, had been fighting a form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma for five months. Enrique stepped down from the role of Spain manager earlier this year to focus on her illness.

He posted a statement on Twitter saying: "Our daughter Xana has passed away this afternoon at the age of 9, after fighting for 5 intense months against osteosarcoma.

"We thank you for all the love received during these months and we appreciate the discretion and understanding.

"Also, we thank the staff of the Sant Joan de Deu and Sant Pau hospitals for their dedication and treatment, to the medical nurses and all the volunteers. With a special mention to the team of palliative priests of Sant Joan de Deu.

"We will miss you very much but we will remember you every day of our lives in the hope that in the future we will meet again. You will be the star that guides our family.

"Rest Xanita. Martinez Cullell family."

Our thoughts and prayers are with Enrique and his family.

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