Ernesto Valverde quits Athletic Bilbao with eye on Barcelona

Ernesto Valverde - who is expected to be named as the new Barcelona coach on Monday - reportedly wants to sign Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera.

'He played here for Barcelona as a player and I think he could be a good option, as could others.

"I can't decide myself on anyone and I don't know who will be the next manager". I haven't spoken to any club.

Now the situation is different and I have to consider whether I start a new project in another club. "But this is my club, it was my duty to first say farewell to it before I go and consider something else".

A former forward, Valverde played two seasons with Barcelona in the late 1980s. It's a hard day for me [to leave], all that I've experienced here is incredible.

Enrique confirmed earlier this year that he would leave Camp Nou at the end of the season after three years in charge, and leaves with his head held high.

Ernesto Valverde has insisted he has no agreement with Barcelona yet as he bade farewell to Athletic Bilbao in a press conference this morning. I have had a lot of doubts, but my work here is done. "For someone so identified with the club, it is the best news I could have had this week".

That decision fuelled talk he will be joining LaLiga rivals Barca to succeed the outgoing Luis Enrique, although Valverde has refused to reveal his future plans.

Valverde added: "Sabatical year?"


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