Luis Enrique joins list of potential PSG managers

Luis Enrique, PSG
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PSG is reportedly considering Luis Enrique as a potential replacement for Christophe Galtier once the current manager of the Parisian side is fired following the end of this season, according to Le Parisien.

The Spanish coach, known for his Champions League victory with Barcelona in 2015 and his long spell as the manager of the Spain senior international side, has attracted interest from several clubs, with PSG entering the picture of his pursuit of late.

Luis Enrique stopped managing after Spain's early exit from the 2022 World Cup, getting fired by the Spanish Football Federation following the international tournament.

Although Galtier is under contract at PSG through June 2024, he is expected to be fired after Paris Saint-Germain play their remaining two Ligue 1 games after quite a disappointing season overall in which the French giants will only win the league title.

There is still nothing clear about who will replace Galtier on the Parisian bench, though, with highly-coveted managers making headlines and getting into the rumor mill but nothing is set in stone yet. Luis Enrique, with his international experience and reputation among top-tier clubs, is joining the likes of Jose Mourinho and Zinedine Zidane as prospective managers of PSG.

Enrique's impressive resume includes his successful tenure at Barcelona, where he led the team to Champions League glory in 2015. Back then, he managed both current PSG players Lionel Messi and Neymar before they moved to Paris later in their careers. Enrique also has another link to PSG thanks to the famous "remontada" when Barcelona came back from a 0-4 deficit to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 6-5 overall results thanks to their 6-1 victory at the Camp Nou.

Enrique's style of play features possession-based football in the classic vein of the Barcelona School and he's always favored an attacking mindset, which should fit PSG's core ideas.

At this point, Enrique's camp have denied any contact with PSG, with negotiations remaining confidential between the manager and the Parisian club as well as other teams interested in hiring him--namely Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League and Napoli of Italy's Serie A.

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After a six-year hiatus from club management but having coached as recently as last December, Enrique is expected to make a return to a club-level bench next season and that place could be Paris if he decides to manage PSG and inhabit the touchline of the Parc des Princes.