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Mourinho: I hope Luis Enrique succeeds at Barcelona


The Chelsea boss worked alongside the former

midfield ace during his time at Camp Nou

between 1996 and 2000

Former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has

admitted that he hopes Luis Enrique is a big

success at Barcelona.

Mourinho spent four years at Camp Nou between

1996 and 2000, during which time he got a chance

to work with Luis Enrique, who was one of the key

players in the Blaugrana line-up under both

Bobby Robson and the Englishman’s successor,

Louis van Gaal.

Mourinho ran into the new Barca boss at a

coaching conference in Switzerland this week and

revealed that he wished the former midfield ace

all the best.

“He was not only one of my favourites as a player

during my time at Barcelona but also as a

person,” the Chelsea manager told reporters on


“I have a special fondness and admiration for

him. He could play midfield, right wing, left wing,

No.10, centre-forward, right-back, left-back – he

was even capable of playing in goal.

“Today [Thursday] was the first the first time I’ve

seen him since I left the club in 2000. I asked him

if he was enjoying coaching and he said ‘Yes’.

“I want him to be happy and I hope he does very


Mourinho spent three years in charge of Barca’s

bitter rivals Madrid before returning to Chelsea

last summer.

Luis Enrique, meanwhile, succeeded Gerardo

Martino as Blaugrana coach this summer after a

productive season in charge of Celta.

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