Eventually, Josep Maria Bartomeu have announced Ernesto Valverde as Luis Enrique’s successor. The former Athletic Bilbao coach is now the new head coach of Barcelona. The new coach endorsed a two year contract with the Catalan club and an option to extend the deal by one year.
The Barcelona President appeared before the press after the board meeting saying; “I spoke with Valverde and he’s happy about his new contract with the club. To him, it’s a new challenge and knowing that he has the skills, experience and know-how. His style of football is very similar to our club.” Bartomeu revealed that the presentation of the new coach will take place on Thursday 1 June.
Before announcing the name of the new coach, Josep Bartomeu appreciated Luis Enrique for “the success of the team in the last three seasons”. He also added “the coach is leaving but the door is always opened for him into the club.”