Coach Valverde leaves Athletic, will reportedly join Barca
MADRID (AP) — Athletic Bilbao says Ernesto Valverde will not remain as the team’s coach next season, clearing the way for his expected move to Barcelona.
Athletic said Tuesday that the coach will give more details about his departure in a news conference on Wednesday.
The Mundo Deportivo newspaper reported that Valverde has already reached a deal with Barcelona to replace Luis Enrique, who announced earlier this year that he would not continue with the Catalan club.
Barcelona ends its season after the Copa del Rey final against Alaves on Saturday.
The 53-year-old Valverde reportedly will sign a two-year contract with Barcelona, with an option for a third season. The announcement is expected next week.
A former forward, Valverde played two seasons with Barcelona in the late 1980s.
He previously coached Espanyol, Olympiakos, Villarreal and Valencia.