Barca deny Valverde talks

Barcelona have issued a statement “strongly denying” that they have opened talks with Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde.

Catalan broadcaster TV3 claimed on Friday afternoon that Barca had made contact with Valverde over their former striker succeeding Luis Enrique in the summer.

“FC Barcelona strongly deny asking Athletic to negotiate with their Coach, Ernesto Valverde, as reported by TV3 this afternoon,” read the statement on the Catalans’ official website.

“Likewise, the club deny that their technical secretary, Robert Fernandez, has contacted Valverde in recent days to negotiate [the Coach’s] arrival at Barcelona.”

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