Luis Enrique’s decision to step away from football for a year follows in the footsteps of Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, who took a season off after leaving Barca, before taking over at Bayern Munich.
The 46-year-old has been among the names linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, but he confirmed he will not be looking for another job until he has recharged his batteries.
“If I’m leaving Barcelona, my home, where I have a great relationship with the club and the players, it’s purely for tiredness,” he said ahead of Wednesday’s LaLiga clash with Sevilla.
“I need to recover. I’m not thinking about other teams. It will be a year to recover, but now what’s left to do is to end the season with all our objectives achieved.”