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Luis Enrique responds to Atletico Madrid job links: “They have to love me”

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Luis Enrique is on the managerial market after he stepped down from the Spanish national team following their Round of 16 exit in the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

The 52-year-old had done a solid job during his time with La Roja but could not lead them to any trophy or title during his reign and eventually made way for Luis de la Fuente, who has now taken over the reins.

Enrique appeared on Ibai Llanos Twitch stream last night during which he discussed his managerial future, confirming that he would be interested in taking up a coaching role with a club rather than a national team.

Not long ago, the former Barcelona and Spain boss had been linked with the Atletico Madrid job.

There have been question marks over Diego Simeone following Los Rojiblancos’ poor start to the season which has seen them get eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, while failing to qualify for the Europa League as well.

There is a feeling that the club’s cycle under the Argentine tactician is nearing an end and Enrique has been touted as a replacement for El Cholo.

In fact, Atletico CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin recently spoke highly of Enrique in an interview, saying (h/t Mundo Deportivo): “I like him a lot personally and professionally. I think he has the talent to coach any team in our league.

“It’s clear that he adds value for everyone. For the media, for the players and for the clubs because he delivers. I think it’s good.”

And, Enrique responded to the links with Atletico Madrid during the Twitch chat with Ibai Llanos, stating that he is yet to receive any offer from the Colchoneros and he cannot decide unless they make an approach first.

“Hey, they have to love me, this is the usual. If they don’t call me… If I don’t have offers, I can’t decide. I don’t have any offers at the moment,” Enrique said.

The 52-year-old tasted great success during his last club assignment as the manager of FC Barcelona. Whether he ends up taking over at the Civitas Metropolitano remains to be seen, although Simeone still has a contract with Atletico Madrid until the summer of 2024.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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