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Barcelona ‘make contact with Laurent Blanc’ over possibility of replacing Luis Enrique as Nou Camp manager in summer

Frenchman played for Catalans under Sir Bobby Robson in 1996-97 and has won titles in France with Bordeaux and PSG

BARCELONA have made contact with Laurent Blanc over the possibility of becoming their new manager, according to reports in Catalonia.

The joint-La Liga leaders are in the market for a new boss with Luis Enrique set to stand down at the end of the current campaign.

Laurent Blanc contacted over vacant Barcelona job, say Catalonian press

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Laurent Blanc contacted over vacant Barcelona job, say Catalonian press

As yet, there is no clear favourite to take role, but they have shown their preference is generally to hire someone who knows the philosophy of the club.


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And Radio Catalunya have revealed Barca have spoken to former defender Blanc about his interest in succeeding Enrique in the summer.

The Frenchman won three league titles in three seasons as manager of Paris Saint-Germain, while he also won the League Cup in each campaign and the French Cup twice.

Laurent Blanc signed for Barcelona under Sir Bobby Robson in summer of 1996

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Laurent Blanc signed for Barcelona under Sir Bobby Robson in summer of 1996

Laurent Blanc won the Copa del Rey and Cup Winners' Cup with Barcelona

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Laurent Blanc won the Copa del Rey and Cup Winners’ Cup with Barcelona

Laurent Blanc won a surprise Ligue 1 title with unfancied Bordeaux in 2009

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Laurent Blanc won a surprise Ligue 1 title with unfancied Bordeaux in 2009

Laurent Blanc was in charge of France national team for Euro 2012

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Laurent Blanc was in charge of France national team for Euro 2012

However, he was sacked following his inability to progress further than the quarter-finals in the Champions League in each year, and that has been a hallmark of his career after retiring.

His biggest managerial achievement was leading unfancied Bordeaux to the Ligue 1 and French Coupe de la Ligue titles in 2009 — ending the seven-year stronghold of Lyon — and winning the first of his two Manager of the Year awards.

In the following season, they reached the Champions League quarter-finals.

Laurent Blanc won the World Cup as a France defender in 1998

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Laurent Blanc won the World Cup as a France defender in 1998

Laurent Blanc won a Premier League title with Manchester United in 2003

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Laurent Blanc won a Premier League title with Manchester United in 2003

Following that, he was appointed manager of the France national team, and led them to the last-eight at Euro 2012.

As a player, Blanc was a class act.

He won a league title with Auxerre 1996 before claiming the Copa del Rey and Cup Winners’ Cup under Sir Bobby Robson at the Nou Camp.

Laurent Blanc in action against Marcelo Salas while playing for Inter Milan

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Laurent Blanc in action against Marcelo Salas while playing for Inter Milan

Classy Laurent Blanc spent much of his career in Serie A with Inter Milan

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Classy Laurent Blanc spent much of his career in Serie A with Inter Milan

He spent much of his career with Inter before joining Manchester United in 2001, and winning the Premier League in his second season.

Blanc also won a French Under-21 European Championship in 1988, as well as the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

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