Chelsea star’s charm offensive towards Luis Enrique

Marcos Alonso has been very complimentary about former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, who has been linked with Chelsea.

Enrique is believed to be under consideration by the Chelsea board as a contender to replace Antonio Conte, if the Italian leaves in the summer.

The Telegraph have reported that Enrique is keen on the prospect of joining Chelsea, but his wages may be a stumbling block.

Enrique apparently earned around £16.5 million-a-year by the time he left Barcelona and that is somewhat higher than the £9.5m-a-year wages that Conte commands.

Meanwhile, Alonso, who does not know Enrique, has said he would be welcomed with open arms at “any club”.

“Luis Enrique has shown at Barcelona that he is a great coach with many qualities and I believe he would be good for any club, but I do not know him a lot on a personal level,” Alonso told Cope.

“When we face Barca in the Camp Nou we will have to put in a perfect performance to progress to the next round, this is clear.

“We will go to the match with a lot of confidence and belief in what we are capable of doing, especially after the first leg.

“Davide Astori was a fantastic person who was in good health, the news about him is shocking for everyone who knew him.”


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