Spain Coach Luis Enrique Jokes About Selecting Barcelona Star in Squad Because It's His Daughter’s Boyfriend

Spain Coach Luis Enrique Jokes About Selecting Barcelona Star in Squad Because It's His Daughter’s Boyfriend

  • Luis Enrique has joked about the consequences of not selecting his daughter's boyfriend for his team
  • Barcelona's Ferran Torres has been dating Enrique's eldest daughter, equestrian showjumper, Sira Martinez
  • Torres said that he and the manager know how to separate their personal lives from their football

Sometimes football managers have the difficult task of selecting which are the best players to get the job done for the team.

Spanish national team manager Luis Enrique has joked that his job is quite easy; he just had to ensure he selected Ferran Torres for the squad.

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Spain's national team coach Luis Enrique has joked about having his daughter's boyfriend in his squad. Image: Oliver Hardt
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As reported by Soccer Souls, Torres is dating equestrian Sira Martinez. Martinez is the daughter of Enrique.

The Spanish manager was recently quizzed about which player in the team was an extension of him, and he jokingly replied that it was Torres, The Mirror reported.

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"That’s very easy; it’s Mr Ferran Torres. Otherwise, my daughter will come after me and chop off my head," he quipped.

Torres, who was also part of the press conference, was asked about the manager’s comments and explained that everyone knew that Enrique was a jokester. He added that he didn't feel any pressure to play under his girlfriend’s father.

"I think the coach and I; we know how to differentiate between when it’s family and when we are manager and player,” he said.

Torres made his relationship with Martinez public in January, and many saw his move from Manchester City to Barcelona as a way to get closer to her. Martinez lives in Barcelona as well.

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