Gerard Piqué backs Ernesto Valverde for Barcelona job

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Gerard Piqué backs Ernesto Valverde for Barcelona job

Valverde a good option for Barcelona – Pique

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The outgoing Athletic Bilbao coach is the favourite to take over at Camp Nou and the long-serving defender would welcome the appointment.

Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué has given his backing to the appointment of former Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde to become Luis Enrique's successor, saying the former Camp Nou player is a "good option" to become the Camp Nou's new coach.

The Spanish giants are searching for a replacement for Luis Enrique, who announced at the start of March he would leave at season's end.

Barca are expected to announce their new coach next Monday after the Copa del Rey final this weekend and Valverde, heavily linked with the position, has stepped down as Athletic Bilbao boss.

Piqué: "Ernesto has done a great job at Athletic"

Pique would welcome the arrival of the 53-year-old, who played for Barca from 1988-1990.

"Ernesto has done a great job at Athletic the last few years," he said. "He played here for Barcelona as a player and I think he could be a good option, as could others.

"I can't decide myself on anyone and I don't know who will be the next manager. It's not my job and I haven't put a lot of thought into it."

As a coach, Valverde led Espanyol to the UEFA Cup final in 2007 before a penalty shoot-out loss to Sevilla.

He then led Olympiacos to three league titles and two cups, and helped Bilbao win the 2015 Supercopa de Espana against Barca.

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