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Rubiales had earlier on Monday said that the new head coach of Spain's national team needed to be a person of strong character.

"We have not spoken to anybody else - only Luis Enrique", said Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales. Maintaining the typical Roja style while giving it an injection of energy will likely require the coach to refresh the line-up with the likes of Saul Niguez, Marco Asensio, and Rodri.

The 48-year-old will have the tough task of reviving a national team deflated after three consecutive failures at major tournaments, the latest their World Cup loss to hosts Russian Federation - ranked 70th in the world - on penalties in the last 16.

Fernando Hierro has stepped down as Spain coach.

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Of the starting XI against Russian Federation, only Marco Asensio will be under 30 when the next World Cup comes around.

Marca's front page has a photograph of Luis Enrique with a headline: "The new Luis".

Enrique won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey trophies and one Champions League during his three-year spell in charge of Barcelona.

The 48-year-old signed a two-year contract just a day after interim boss Fernando Hierro left his post.

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Rubiales added: "We have not spoken to anybody else - only Luis Enrique".

"The last Spanish coach declined to return to his previous position as sports director of the RFEF to seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges." read a statement on the RFEF's portal.

Roberto Martinez, the former Wigan and Everton manager who has guided Belgium to the World Cup semi-finals, had also been linked with the job, as had Michel and Quique Sanchez Flores.

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