Barcelona Deny Asking Permission To Speak With Athletic Bilbao Manager Ernesto Valverde

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Barcelona have denied seeking permission to speak to Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde over their summer managerial vacancy.

Valverde, enjoying an impressive campaign with Athletic, is one of a number of names linked with replacing Luis Enrique, who announced earlier this month that he will not be Barca’s head coach next season.

A statement from the Catalan club on Friday evening read: “FC Barcelona emphatically denies having asked permission from Athletic Club to negotiate the hiring of coach Ernesto Valverde, as reported tonight on television in Catalonia.

“Likewise, the club denies that technical secretary Robert Fernandez has contacted Valverde in recent days to negotiate joining FC Barcelona.”



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