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Johan Cryuff's posthumous autobiography reveals he convinced Luis Enrique to join FC Barcelona

Sumedh Pande
5.49K   //    06 Oct 2016, 19:46 IST
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Johan Cryuff passed away earlier this year due to cancer

Johan Cruyff's autobiography, My Turn is expected to unearth many of Barcelona's hidden stories during the Dutchman's glorious time with the Catalan club.

Cryuff died earlier from lung cancer, and his posthumous autobiography details several interesting stories.

There are several stories in the book is like the time he stopped the club from offloading Pep Guardiola to his decision to convince Luis Enrique to join Barcelona and how he saw Sergio Busquets become the next Pep Guardiola.

Cryuff convinced Enrique to join Barca instead of Madrid

The book has Cruyff talking extensively about Ajax, Barcelona, the Dutch national team, and today the excerpts in the book talk about how he convinced the current FC Barcelona manager to join Barcelona and snub bitter rivals, Real Madrid.

Cruyff said, "I personally convinced Luis Enrique to not join Real Madrid and to instead sign with Barcelona.”

After his stint as a player ended with Barcelona, Enrique was appointed as the manager of Celta Vigo where he led the club to 9th-place finish that also saw the Galicians beat Real Madrid 2-0 at Balaidos to end Los Blancos' chances of winning La Liga that season.

Saved Guardiola’s career

The book also speaks about the time when the club had decided to sell Pep Guardiola, as the board thought that he was too weak to play in the defensive midfielder position, until Cryuff interfered.

The Dutch legend said, “They said that he had no strength and that he could not defend; that he could basically not do anything. I taught him to do everything right.”

Johan Cruyff also talked about the similarities between Guardiola and the player that the 46-year-old promoted to the first team, Sergio Busquets. Cruyff said, “He will be a good coach - Busquets, like Guardiola, is a person who has had to work hard. Nobody has given him anything.”

Cruyff's autobiography, My Turn, will tell the full story of his unparalleled career and the philosophy that shaped, not only his game, but that of generations of footballers, managers and the fans who followed them.

Luis Enrique experienced Barcelona's worst start in the league in over a decade as the Catalans lost out 4-3 against Celta Vigo in their last game.

Enrique took over in 2014 and has won a treble and a double, with a UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Spanish Super Cup but will be under pressure to start accumulating points regularly to retain their title.

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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