Valverde denies exit reports

Athletic Club Bilbao Coach Ernesto Valverde has dismissed reports he has told the club he will leave at the end of the campaign.

Reports last week suggested the former Barcelona player had agreed to depart the San Mames this summer amid speculation he could replace Luis Enrique at the Blaugrana.

"I never told the Athletic president I was leaving," the coach clarified in his pre-match comments ahead of the Eibar clash.

 "More than anything, I wanted to clarify that. When we do talk and when it is convenient for him, the club and for me, you will find out, but it is a bit strange that you think we're talking before we have sat down.

“Our current season is far from over, despite what a lot of people are saying. We have to fight for Europe as that is hugely important for the club.

“A lot of people told us after our defeat to APOEL that our season was over but we have proved them wrong and we will continue to push on until the end of the season.

“Eibar will be a really tough test for us and three points would take us much closer to our aims.”

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