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Former Barcelona midfielder Luis Enrique has signed as Barca’s new first-team manager.
Luis Enrique signed a two-year contract at the Nou Camp, Barcelona and takes over from Gerardo Martino, who left Barcelona after only one season in charge.
Luis Enrique’s career in Barcelona:
It will be Luis Enrique’s third spell at Barcelona, having previously joined as a midfielder from Real Madrid in 1996. That time he soon became a firm favourite for his competitive attitude. He made himself the key member of the team with his versatility, technical ability and knack of scoring big goals.
In the first three seasons Luis Enrique won two league titles, two Spanish Cups, a European Super Cup and a European Cup Winners Cup. He scored 109 goals in 300 appearances in his eight years of playing. He captained Barcelona from 2002 to 2004. During this period he finally hung up his boots as a player.
Signing the Contract:
Last season, Luis Enrique was in charge of Celta Vigo. The club announced his appointment in a statement saying that the FC Barcelona have confirmed Luis Enrique as their first team coach, following a proposal from Andoni Zubizarreta, the sporting director of FC Barcelona. Luis Enrique signed a two year deal with the proposal.
This new contract just came after Barcelona confirmed that Lionel Messi has signed a new deal at the La Liga runners-up that will reportedly make him highest paid footballer in the world.
The Spanish club also completed the signing of high-rated German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen from Borussia Monchengladbach, midfielders Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha Alcantara from Celta Vigo and Everton respectively. They will return to the Nou Camp next season of La Liga.
Luis Enrique, guiding the next season:
Next season, they will play under Luis Enrique, with the new boss tasked with bringing silverware back to Nou Camp.
Under Gerardo Martino, the club missed out in the league, cup and Champions League, finishing second to Atletico Madrid on the final day of the primera Division..