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Ernesto Valverde gives the OK to his renewal with Athletic Club

Jesus Carames

April 18, 2024 | 5:30 p.m.

In the final stretch of the LaLiga season, the coach of Athletic Club, Ernesto Valverde, faces not only sporting challenges but also contractual issues. With the contract ending in June, Valverde points out that now is the right time for discuss his future at the club, as the team seeks to secure a place in the next UEFA Champions League.

After a controversial draw against Villarreal, Athletic Club, led by Ernesto Valverde, returns to San Mamés for a crucial match against Granada CF. This match is not only essential to stay in the fight for fourth place, which grants access to the Champions League, but also represents a decisive moment for Valverde's career with the club.

Moment of renewal for Valverde

Valverde, whose contract ends in June, has expressed in Lezama that after the recent victory of a title and the evaluation of the current season, the time has come to address his renewal. "Last year it took more time for my renewal and now I preferred to wait to see how the season went, but now is the time to face these types of things," Valverde said.

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Valverde as a key piece in Athletic's quest for glory

Raúl García's goodbye

The coach also commented on the situation of Raúl García, who has been less participatory this season due to his advancing age, but remains a key player in the team's scheme. “It has been a privilege to have him,” said Valverde, highlighting García's impact and professionalism in Athletic and in Spanish football.

Uncertainty about Iker Muniain

Iker Muniain's contractual situation also raises doubts. Valverde recognized Muniain's importance for the club, both in the past and for the future, and noted that he is a clear reference for the team, like Raúl García.

The fight for the Champions League

Regarding Champions League aspirations, Valverde is clear: the objective is to have a good end to the season and stay in the fight to enter the European competition. "We want to continue competing, hooked on entering the Champions League and there is nothing better than having a challenge ahead of us," he explained. Athletic is currently four points behind Atlético de Madrid, and any failure could be critical.

The next match against Granada

Looking ahead to the next match, Valverde anticipates a difficult match against Granada, a team that is coming off an important victory and that sees the match as almost definitive for its hopes of permanence. "We have never won an easy game," commented Valverde, preparing for a duel where Granada will risk their lives.

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