Barcelona president, Josep Bartomeu has stated that the club’s manager Ernesto Valverde remains the best option to lead the club next season.
Valverde has been criticized of late after Barcelona threw away a three goal advantage against Liverpool to record a successive calamitous UEFA Champions League exits.
“Valverde said it the other day, he has the support of the president and the board. He is the coach we want,” Bartomeu told reporters at a book promotion on Thursday.
“This is a long-term project. He has a contract and we are very happy with him. We’re already planning for next season. We’ve signed some players and, after the (Copa del Rey) final, we’ll
have more discussions.”
Josep Bartomeu also revealed that the club was still reeling from the painful UEFA Champions League elimination, but urged the players to focus on beating Valencia in the Copa del Rey final.
“The first objective is always to win La Liga and then the Cup and UEFA Champions League. It has been a great season. We won the league with games to spare. But we all want more,” he added.
“Next up we have the Copa del Rey final and we go into (it) after a very painful defeat. But now is the time to come to terms with it and get our spirit back.”