Soccer-Bilbao appoint Valverde as Bielsa replacement (Reuters)

MADRID, June 20 (Reuters) – Ernesto Valverde will coach Athletic Bilbao next season, the Spanish club said in a statement on Thursday. Valverde, 49, will be presented on Friday and replaces Argentine Marcelo Bielsa, who was not offered a contract extension after two years at the helm. Former Bilbao player Valverde left Valencia earlier this month after replacing Mauricio Pellegrino for the second half of last season, but he turned down the chance to continue with the east-coast club. …

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