With Xavi Hernández set to leave FC Barcelona in the upcoming summer, the club has already begun the search for his successor. Among the players, one name stands out as the strong favorite: Luis Enrique. According to SPORT newspaper, both the experienced and younger players see him as the ideal choice to lead the team next season.
Luis Enrique already has a special bond with several members of the current Barcelona squad. Sergi Roberto and Ter Stegen, who are the team captains, were previously coached by Luis Enrique during his successful tenure at the club. Sergi Roberto, in particular, experienced a significant transformation under Luis Enrique when he was converted into a right-back during the 2015-16 season.
The support for Luis Enrique extends beyond just the players he has previously coached. Pedri, who has praised him as the best coach he has ever had, along with Ferran Torres, Gavi, Eric Garcia, Balde, Iñigo Martínez, Oriol Romeu, and others, all support the idea of having Luis Enrique in charge.
Although Luis Enrique is currently at PSG, where he has found success after a shaky start, his contract until 2025 makes it difficult for him to return to Barcelona. However, he has expressed his gratitude for his previous experience at the club and has left the door open for a potential return in the future.