The Spain national team boss appreciated three trophy-laden seasons with the Liga champions and isn’t against the notion of returning to the club one day.
Spain boss Luis Enrique says that he will”always be thankful” to former team Barcelona and hasn’t ruled out a return to the Liga giants in the future.
The 49-year-old followed up charms at Roma and Celta Vigo with a successful stint at Camp Nou, where he won nine trophies in three seasons.
Luis Enrique resigned in 2017 and is presently responsible for the Spanish national side, but he’s open to the notion of coaching Barcelona for another time.
Asked at a Q&A session with fans that of his former teams he’d like to go back to, he explained: “I believe I can coach anywhere I have been [earlier ].
“I have left the doors open at all. My time in Barcelona was marvellous and I will always be grateful.
“I am quite lucky to have been at a club for a long time that gave me everything.”
Luis Enrique returned to the role of Spain head coach on November 19, five months after stepping down for personal reasons.
His immediate focus is on directing La Roja to European Championship victory, with this year’s championship being pushed back 12 months on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have to attempt and get ready for the Euros in the best manner and recover a fantastic field of action, being in the hunt to win prizes,” he said.
“I see that the national team capable of winning matters – actually that’s one of those challenges that I consider as the head coach of Spain.
“I’ve never hid this, but it’s clear that we are inside a procedure. And you will find a group of other federal teams with great potential.
“We’re part of the group of six or seven national teams which may get into the goals – our performance will state if we could get there or not.”
Luis Enrique is continuing to mould his squad before next year’s rescheduled finals, with Athletic Club forwards Inaki Williams one of those pushing for a chance.
“To get a player to receive a call up to the national group, they need to satisfy a set of conditions,” he said.
“Firstly, they need to play in their group, play nicely, compare their degree with other players and fit into what we want.
“Williams is a wonderful striker and can definitely get a call up. We call up players who will contribute and I am delighted that new players are looking for call ups”