Ernesto Valverde will be the next head coach of FC Barcelona - claim 'Mundo Deportivo'.
Marçal Lorente reports that Ernesto Valverde has been chosen by club president Josep Maria Bartomeu as the next Barcelona boss. Sources with knowledge of the situation also confirmed the news to Barça Blaugranes.
Luis Enrique's current assistant, Juan Carlos Unzué, was also in the running for the job, but the club wanted a very experienced manager with knowledge of La Liga to take on the team for the next few seasons.
Valverde was a forward who played for Barcelona and other five clubs during his 14-year playing career which ended at Athletic Bilbao, where he began his coaching career. Ernesto managed Bilbao for a total of six seasons, and informed the club last month that he didn't plan to renew after receiving a formal offer from Barça.
He hasn't signed a contract yet, but with the league season ending in two weeks, it shouldn't take long before the announcement comes from Barcelona.