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Barcelona introduced the hiring of Ernesto Valverde as supervisor Monday, changing Luis Enrique, who departs after three seasons at Camp Nou.

“Valverde has the power, the judgement, the information, and the expertise,” Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu stated of his new rent. “He promotes the youth gamers and he has a Barca method.

Bartomeu added: “(Valverde) is a tough employee and he’s a fan of utilizing know-how in coaching and in managing matches.”

Valverde, fifty three, turns into the newest former Barcelona participant to handle the workforce, although he amassed extra expertise with Athletic Bilbao, the place he made one hundred seventy appearances as a participant and managed on and off for six years.

As a participant, Valverde made simply 22 appearances for the Blaugrana, serving to the membership win the 1990 Copa del Rey underneath supervisor Johan Cruyff. Valverde has beforehand managed Espanyol, the place he spent two years as a participant, and was additionally head coach at Valencia, Villarreal, and Olympiakos.

Final week, Valverde stepped down from his submit at Athletic Bilbao and was changed by Jose Angel Ziganda, a transfer made in anticipation of his eventual appointment at Barcelona.

It solutions the query of who would step in to switch Enrique after the Spanish tactician introduced his intention to depart the membership in March, earlier than the top of the 2016-17 season.

Enrique leaves after profitable 9 trophies, together with his newest Copa del Rey victory final weekend. In his stead, names like Sevilla‘s Jorge Sampaoli and Enrique’s assistant Juan Carlos Unzue have been additionally raised, however Valverde was reported because the clear favorite.

His first activity might be serving to to safe a contract extension for Lionel Messi, who has but to place pen to paper on a brand new cope with Barcelona.