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Barcelona and Valverde have opt-out clause in place until 31 May

Sports journalist Olivier Goldstein mentioned the clause in his 'Le Blog du Barça'. It could have something to do with Bartomeu's intention to make the final decision.

Ernesto Valverde.

According to sports journalist Olivier Goldstein, Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde have signed a bilateral opt-out clause which can be exercised by either party until 31 May. Such an event would be the only motive for Valverde not occupying the Azulgrana bench next season.

Ernesto Valverde
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Offers from Sevilla, Valencia and England for Valverde

Valverde and Barça reached a verbal agreement several weeks ago which is why the 53-year-old has waved away proposals from clubs including Sevilla, Valencia and also, according to Goldstein's Le Blog du Barça, clubs from the Premier League. Valverde decided not to renew with Athletic Club where he enjoys an excellent relationship with president Josu Urrutia and it appears that El Txingurri has made his choice and won't be budged.

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Bartomeu will have final say on Barcelona's new coach

The opt-out clause signed by Barça could be related to the express wishes of Josep Maria Bartomeu to be the one who has the final say on who will take over the reins from Luis Enrique next season. Despite forming a G-7 with Albert Soler, Robert, Jordi Mestre, Pep Segura, Raül Sanllehí and Javier Bordas, that group has slowly been whittled down to avoid any leaks to the media. The decision will be made by one person - Bartomeu.


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