Luis Enrique, the former Barcelona and Spain coach, has been named as the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on a two-year contract, the French champion announced on Wednesday.

Christophe Galtier, who had been confirmed as leaving the club earlier in the day, has been replaced by the 53-year-old, who had been a free agent since he was sacked as Spain coach last December.

PSG revealed Luis Enrique during a press conference alongside Qatar-backed club president Nasser al-Khelaifi at their spanking new training base in Poissy, north-west of Paris.

"I'm delighted to be joining Paris to enjoy a new experience," Luis Enrique stated in a statement released by the club.

Being a manager at PSG is so exciting. I'm meeting new people, learning a new language, and of course, meeting new people.”

The new coach, whose full name is Luis Enrique Martinez Garcia, is the eighth man to head the club since the seismic Qatari acquisition in 2011 and, like many before him, will be tasked with bringing the club the elusive Champions League triumph. 

PSG has never won Europe's most coveted club championship, coming close in 2020 when it fell to Bayern Munich in the final.

Five of its last seven seasons have ended in the last 16, losing to Bayern Munich at that point. Galtier paid a high price for that defeat. 

Luis Enrique comes with Champions League experience, having won it as coach of Barcelona in 2015 when a superb squad spearheaded by an attack of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez defeated Juventus in the final.

He now joins a team that is rebuilding after Messi's departure at the end of his two-year contract.