Bartomeu – Valverde will stay with us

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed coach Ernesto Valverde will remain in charge of the club next season.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed coach Ernesto Valverde will remain in charge of the club next season.

The Spaniard is under contract until 2020 and the club have an option of another season.

Valverde has won back-to-back La Liga titles but he has also seen his team fail to deliver in the Champions League.

Barca were knocked out in the semi-finals by Liverpool earlier this month and Valverde’s future was in doubt but Bartomeu has thrown his support behind the coach.

‘Valverde said it the other day, he has the support of the president and the board.

He is the coach we want,’ Bartomeu told reporters at a book promotion on Thursday.

‘This is a long-term project, he has a contract and we are very happy with him.

We’re already planning for next season, we’ve signed some players and after the final we’ll have more discussions.

‘It has been a great season, we won the league with games to spare but we all want more.

Next up we have the Copa del Rey final and we go into after a very painful defeat, but now is the time to come to terms with it and get our spirit back.’

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