Luis Enrique hails Van Gaal’s impact

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 |Jan 19, 2017
Louis Van Gaal has told media that he was just on a sabbatical and did not quit.
Louis Van Gaal has told media that he was just on a sabbatical and did not quit.

Luis Enrique has lauded the impact Louis van Gaal had not just at Barcelona, but on his own career as well.

Van Gaal had two spells as Barca coach – from 1997-2000 and 2002-2003 – winning two La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey and UEFA Super Cup during that time, with Luis Enrique a member of his squad on both occasions.

Reports on Monday claimed the Dutchman, who was in charge of Manchester United last season, had retired from management, although speaking on Tuesday he explained he was just on a sabbatical.

Current Barca coach Luis Enrique took the chance anyway to speak about his time playing under the 65-year-old.

“I was lucky enough to work with [Van Gaal] twice and I have a high opinion of him personally because of the relationship we had,” he said in a news conference on Wednesday.

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