After his four-year tenure as manager of the national team ended last week with their World Cup exit, Luis Enrique, the former Spain coach, said on Monday that he was ready for a new challenge and hoped to continue his coaching career at the club level.
Spain’s under-21 manager Luis de la Fuente was selected as Luis Enrique’s replacement after the country’s loss to Morocco on penalties in the round of 16 on Thursday. “I want to coach, I see myself wanting to take on a club and be able to develop with greater finesse and precision what I have not been able to do in the national side,” said Luis Enrique in an interview on Twitch with internet sensation Ibai Llanos.
After Euro 2020, which was contested in 2021 because to the COVID epidemic, when Spain was ousted on penalties by eventual champions Italy in the semi-finals, Luis Enrique said he was given the opportunity to extend his contract with Spain, but he turned it down. For the first time in his management career, the 52-year-old former Barcelona player and coach said that his contract will not be extended.