Chelsea managerial candidate Luis Enrique is keen on making a move to the Premier League, according to reports. The former Barcelona boss has won everything there is to win in Spain and is now set on making his mark in England.
Enrique is understood to be one of seven coaches Chelsea are considering as their next manager following Graham Potter’s sacking. Chelsea executives Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley have been tasked with whittling down the group to four, who will then enter an interview process with the owners.
According to reports from the Times, Enrique and ex-Bayern chief Julian Naglesmann have already been contacted while Mauricio Pochettino could also be set for a second interview. It is claimed he was interviewed before Potter got the job last year.
Enrique has previously expressed a desire to work in the Premier League and has been out of a job since stepping down as Spain manager following their woeful 2022 World Cup campaign.
“I would like to go to England to work,” said Enrique. “I would like to go to a team there that can do important things and that is very difficult. I would not go to any Premier team.”
Meanwhile, Nagelsmann reportedly wants to learn more about Chelsea’s long-term plans and how much authority he would have, before committing fully to the role. Nagelsmann is also open to a move to Real Madrid this summer.
With Bayern still paying Naglesmann’s wages after his recent sacking, the German club would need to either negotiate a fee or release him fully before he could sign with the London club.
Sporting Lisbon boss Rúben Amorim is also believed to be in consideration and has been admired by Chelsea for some time. However, he appears to be less keen on the proposition.
“I’ve seen many managers move to other leagues and they weren’t happier,” Amorim said. “This is an important factor. I’m not looking for anything, I value what I have and not what is said. I’ve had contacts with other clubs, Sporting knows that, but I want to stay.
“If I have to leave, it will happen naturally. I won’t be the one to open the door, Sporting deserves respect. If I have to go, I’ll go. I’ll tell the president. I want to fulfil my contract, I have very clear goals for what I want to do. Anyone who wants me will have to pay the clause because that is my way of doing things.”