"It's not easy but a lot of people would love the Athletic job"
Valverde celebrated his contract extension with the press as his side travel to Gijón tomorrow: “This is my team, my club, I am very happy here”.Barcelona vs Las Palmas live
Apart from tomorrow's visit to Sporting de Gijón, Ernesto Valverde had other things to talk about with the press in Lezama this afternoon. The coach has committed to the Bilbaínos, signing a one-year contract with Athletic Club last week.
Until last year, you had always spent a maximum of two years at a club; What makes Athletic different?
A lot of things - it's my team, my club, I am very happy here, I have an extraordinary coaching team, players who I am delighted with and working with the president and the board is simple; all of that helps. Being at your lifelong club does come with additional pressures but I take all of that onboard. I know what this club means to the people, to my friends and to lots of people outside of Bilbao. I accept it and at the same time, I'm happy; being coach at Athletic Club isn't easy but it's a job which a lot of people would love to do. All of the conditions right now are positive. Our idea is to finish the season well and if possible, improve.
You have been in charge at Athletic for more game than any other coach in club history. How much are you aware of that?
In what ways can Athletic improve?
The national team job doesn't appeal to you then?