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Ernesto Valverde leaves Athletic Bilbao amid Barcelona links

Ernesto Valverde
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Ernesto Valverde

Athletic Bilbao have confirmed that coach Ernesto Valverde is leaving the club.
According to multiple reports, Valverde has already agreed a deal with Barcelona, to replace outgoing boss Luis Enrique ahead of next season.
The Catalans are set to reveal their new coach next Monday.
Valverde’s contract with Athletic Club was already set to expire.
“Ernesto Valverde will not continue as coach of the first team of Athletic Club in the 2017/18 campaign.
“The coach, accompanied by president Josu Urrutia, will hold a press conference on Wednesday, May 24 at 1200 (local time) at San Mames,” a brief club statement read.
Valverde played for Barcelona between 1988 and 1990 and was a member of Johann Cruyff’s famous ‘dream team’ side and won a Copa Del Rey and a European Cup Winners’ Cup during his time at the Nou Camp.
At Bilbao, he led his team to Champions League qualification in his first season in 2013, as well as a Copa Del Rey triumph in 2015.

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