Valverde

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is convinced head coach Ernesto Valverde will still be in charge at Camp Nou next season.

Valverde

Valverde’s future with the LaLiga champions was thrown into doubt last month when he told Barca’s in-house TV channel he did not know for sure if he would be at the club in the 2019-2020 campaign.

Both Barca and Valverde have an option in his contract to terminate his deal at the end of the season.

Despite leading Barca to a LaLiga and Copa del Rey double in his debut campaign in the dugout, Valverde’s perceived pragmatic style has drawn its detractors.

But Bartomeu is delighted with the job the former Athletic Bilbao coach is doing and does not foresee him departing.

Speaking to Sport, Bartomeu said: “We don’t have any doubts here that Valverde will be the Barcelona coach next season. 

“We will speak with him, of course, in time. That’s what we agreed. He’s a coach we have a lot of confidence in. 

“He’s doing a great job. He’s an intelligent person, he knows Barcelona’s system of play and he manages the games in a way which we like.”