Barcelona sticking with Ernesto Valverde – president

Barcelona will not dismiss Ernesto Valverde regardless of the club’s result in the Copa del Rey final, the club president has confirmed.

Josep Maria Bartomeu insists that the club are ‘very happy’ with the boss who has won back-to-back league titles and could win successive doubles with a final victory in the Copa against Valencia.

“Ernesto already said the other day, has the support of the president and the board, because it is the Coach we want, has a contract in force and we are very happy with him,” Bartomeu told reporters, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.

“The planning of the next season has been under way for some time, there are already signed players and we will continue talking when the Copa final is over.

“Now it is about the players recovering from the mental shock that we suffered, but the result of the Copa final will not be decisive for anyone.

“We come from a painful defeat and we must recover our spirit, our enthusiasm and our desire to compete, but we are recovering from the European elimination.”

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