Top Spanish pundit backs Luis Enrique for success at Chelsea



Guillem Balague believes former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique would be the ideal man to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager.

Enrique was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge earlier this week, with Conte reportedly wanted by Paris Saint-Germain.

Balague has backed Enrique to be a success in England, although he says the 47-year-old wouldn’t necessarily focus on developing younger players.

“Of course he’d be a good fit,” he told Sky Sports.

“And I know that Luis Enrique has said in the past he would love to come to the Premier League when Swansea approached him when he was at Celta, but to one of the top teams.

“Will he give priority to youth? Not really, that’s not his remit.

“He’s more like Jose Mourinho than Pep Guardiola in the way he deals with things, the now, the immediate, the experience.

“He would be a fit – I’m not saying this would be a possibility.

“I’ve heard people talking about (Diego) Simeone replacing Conte, but Simeone wants to stay at Atletico Madrid next season.”

Enrique quit Barcelona last summer after winning nine trophies during his three years in charge.

He is believed to be keen to return to management and a move to Chelsea should Conte leave the club would make perfect sense for all parties.

Enrique would have the opportunity to test himself against the likes of Guardiola and Mourinho, while Chelsea would have a manager with a proven record of delivering silverware.

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