Barcelona has named Ernesto Valverde as their new head coach on a two-year contract.
Not widely known in England, Valverde is set to take over perhaps the biggest job in world football, beating Real Madrid to the La Liga title next season after Barcelona missed out on the title for just the second time since 2012.
Ernesto Valverde will be presented as Barca boss at a media conference on Thursday.
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“I have spoken personally with Ernesto Valverde and I told him of our decision,” said club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
“He said he is very excited and very happy, that it’s a great challenge to come in as head coach of Barca.
“There is time to talk about why we chose him. We know he has ability, his knowledge and his experience.
“He loves youth football and he has a special style, similar to what we do at Barca. He has philosophy similar to Barca’s and trains the way we like to train.”
Valverde represented Barcelona for 2 years during his playing career. He then became coach at Bilbao’s B side in 2002, before being promoted to head coach of their first team the following season. This was followed by Espanyol, Olympiacos, Villarreal and Valencia before eventually returning to Athletic in 2013.