Barcelona have announced the appointment of former Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde as the club’s new manager.

Valverde had been widely tipped for replace Luis Enrique at the dug out in Camp Nou, and had resigned last week after 4 years at Bilbao.

The announcement was made after the Copa Del Rey final, with 53-year old Valverde handed a two-year deal.

“I have spoken personally with Ernesto Valverde and I told him of our decision,” said club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

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“He said he is very excited and very happy, that it’s a great challenge to come in as head coach of Barca.

“There is time to talk about why we chose him. We know he has ability, his knowledge and his experience.

“He loves youth football and he has a special style, similar to what we do at Barca. He has philosophy similar to Barca’s and trains the way we like to train.”

Jorge Sampaoli and Everton manager Ronald Koeman had also been considered for the job, but Valverde was eventually chosen.

Valverde spent two years at Barca as a player under Johan Cruyff between 1988 and 1990. As a coach, he won the Spanish Supercopa at Athletic – by beating Barca in 2015 – as well as three Greek titles and two cups with Olympiacos, while he also led Espanyol to a UEFA Cup final in 2007.