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Chelsea manager latest: Luis Enrique starts work on first improvement after arriving in London

Luis Enrique of Spain

Chelsea manager candidate Luis Enrique has “successfully sold a clear vision” about the club in his initial talks, according to a report – and he has now arrived in London for the next stage of the process.

Luis Enrique is one of the main contenders to replace Graham Potter as Chelsea’s head coach after the former Brighton boss lost his job recently. And several sources are now confirming that the ex-Barcelona manager has arrived in London.

Jijantes broke the news on Wednesday morning, confirming that Luis Enrique was travelling to London in the company of his representative, Ivan de la Pena.

Luis Enrique’s travels have since been confirmed by the Independent and Fabrizio Romano. The latter says that the Spaniard is “100% keen” on taking over at Chelsea.

And the more detailed write-up by the Independent says he has “successfully sold a clear vision” to Chelsea, “impressing in initial discussions” with the club.

One problem for the 52-year-old is his less advanced understanding of English. But according to the Independent, he is already working on improving his grasp of the language.

Indeed, he has been eyeing a job in the Premier League amid his effort to return to management, having left his role as Spain manager after the World Cup.

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Chelsea are said to be interested in his tactical philosophy, focusing on high pressing, which he can use to suit the Blues’ current squad. Some of the younger players they have signed over the past two transfer windows might be ideal for his plans.

Furthermore, Chelsea are impressed by Luis Enrique’s pedigree as a former winner of the Champions League. None of the other managers they are currently considering can say the same, per the report, which would seem to rule out ex-Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane for now.

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Although Luis Enrique is becoming a serious contender for the Chelsea job, the Independent denies a deal to appoint him or anyone else is close. Meanwhile, Romano has reiterated that Julian Nagelsmann is the top target as things stand.

Nagelsmann recently lost his job with Bayern Munich, who appointed ex-Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel in his place.

Recent reports have also suggested Chelsea could even turn back to Frank Lampard on an interim basis until they find someone to appoint permanently. For the time being, Bruno Saltor is overseeing their first-team activity.

After the Potter experiment only lasted seven months, Chelsea need to get their next appointment spot on.

Their process will be to interview several candidates for the job. It is evident by now that Luis Enrique is one of them.

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