Barca tar­get Valverde leaves Bil­bao

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MADRID: Ernesto Valverde re­signed from Ath­letic Bil­bao on Tues­day with the hope of tak­ing over at Barcelona next sea­son, a goal Span­ish me­dia take as a given.

“Ernesto Valverde will not con­tinue as man­ager of the premier team of Ath­letic Club in the 2017/18 sea­son,” the Basque club said in a state­ment.

Valverde, who played for Barcelona be­tween 1988 and 1990, was to face the press along with club pres­i­dent Josu Ur­ru­tia late yes­ter­day.

Valverde, 53, has been Ath­letic coach for four sea­sons, bag­ging one tro­phy dur­ing his man­date — the Su­per­cup af­ter vic­tory over Barca in 2015.

Span­ish me­dia re­ported that Valverde should be named as suc­ces­sor to out­go­ing Barcelona coach Luis En­rique on Mon­day. AFP

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