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Luis Enrique: I am Roma's new coach

June 8, 2011

Luis Enrique has confirmed he has reached an agreement with Roma to leave Barcelona B and become the Giallorossi's new manager.

Luis Enrique
GettyImagesLuis Enrique stepped down as Barcelona B coach last week

The former Spain international stepped down as Barca B coach last week and will succeed Vincenzo Montella, who has been in caretaker charge at the Stadio Olimpico since Claudi Ranieri February.

"The agreement with Roma is total,'' Luis Enrique told Sky Italia. "The only thing that is missing is the signature. In the next few days I will arrive in the Italian capital.

"I am delighted and enthusiastic to have joined a winning project. I am a winner and I have chosen a winning project, otherwise I would not have left my family and my role here (in Barcelona).''

The 41-year-old turned down an offer to guide Primera Division side Atletico Madrid, opting instead to experience Serie A.

"My style of football is an attacking one and a spectacular one,'' he said. "I want to bring so many people to the stadium. I want the fans to enjoy the team's play.

No one knows me in Italy but in one year's time, I will be able to clear any doubts,'' he said. "Facts will speak for themselves. With regards to the transfer market, I will try to work with the best.''

The former Barcelona midfielder is expected to sign a two-year contract with Roma. A consortium led by American businessman Thomas Di Benedetto bought Roma from the Sensi family earlier this year.