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Barcelona have delegated Ernesto Valverde as their new Coach on a two-year contract. 

The Catalans were in the market for another man in control taking after Luis Enrique's choice to leave the club toward the finish of the 2016-17 crusade and they have swung to the previous Athletic Bilbao manager. 

Valverde will be exhibited as Barca boss at a media meeting on Thursday.

"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 spoke to Barcelona amid his playing vocation, wearing the Blaugrana shirt in the vicinity of 1988 and 1990. 

He moved into coaching at Bilbao's B side in 2002, preceding being elevated to head coach of their first group the following season. 

He then delighted in spells at Espanyol, Olympiacos, Villarreal and Valencia before in the long run coming back to Athletic in 2013. 

The 53-year-old declared his choice to leave the Basque side following four years in charge a week ago and will proceed with his vocation at Camp Nou. 

Valverde will hope to transform Barcelona into the group to beat in LaLiga once more, with the Catalans settling for second behind most despised adversaries Real Madrid this season. 

They additionally passed up a great opportunity for Champions League brilliance as Juventus ended up being excessively solid in the quarter-finals, despite the fact that they won the Copa del Rey for a third straight season
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