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'My wife won't be happy with me at home' - Luis Enrique open to England move

9:47 PM MYT 03/03/2017
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After previously ruling out a switch to the Premier League, the 46-year-old says it may now be an option as he enters his last weeks as Barcelona boss

Outgoing Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has opened the door for a move to the Premier League, noting his wife would not tolerate too long a sabbatical.

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The Catalans' boss confirmed he would be stepping down at the end of the season after a tumultuous season, citing the "need for rest".

However, he has now said that the period he will not be away from the dugout for a prolonged period, joking that his wife would not tolerate at home for too long.

Luis Enrique had previously turned down a potential move to England saying "my wife would never tolerate that weather", but states that managing in the Premier League may be the more acceptable option to her.

"I don't know what is going to happen in the future but I know my wife won't be comfortable with me at home for two to three years," he said. 

"Maybe she’ll now accept the British weather if that's the alternative, because she won't be happy with me being at home for three years, for sure."

The only other stint the 46-year-old has enjoyed abroad has been in Italy with Serie A club Roma, although he was removed from the position after a single season.

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Luis Enrique returned to Barcelona - the club he played for before becoming taking over their B squad - in 2014, winning the European treble in his first campaign in charge.

However, he has never been embraced by the Camp Nou faithful despite his success, with questions over his playing style intensifying this season following poor results.

The pressure has taken its toll, with an increasingly testy Luis Enrique finally announcing his departure earlier this week even as his team lead the La Liga standings - though second-placed Real Madrid have a game in hand.