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.
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.
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.