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Barcelona have appointed Ernesto Valverde as their new head coach on a two-year deal, with an option for a third.

Valverde, a former Barca forward, announced last week that he was leaving Athletic Bilbao after four years in charge.

He replaces Luis Enrique, who was set to leave the club after reaveling it in March.

His sideo finished second in La Liga – at the end of his three-year contract.

Enrique led Barcelona to the treble in his first season, the domestic double in 2016 and the Copa del Rey this year.

They beat Alaves 3-1 in Sunday’s final – his last match in charge.

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu praised 53-year-old Valverde’s “ability, judgement, knowledge and experience”, adding: “He promotes young players and he plays the Barca way.”

Valverde’s will be presented as Barca’s new coach on Thursday.

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