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Ernesto Valverde set to stay on at Barcelona - reports

President Josep Maria Bartomeu has backed the boss

Barcelona v Valencia - Spanish Copa del Rey Final Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

The future of Ernesto Valverde has taken another twist with multiple reports claiming the 55-year-old will not be sacked as Barcelona boss and will stay on at the Camp Nou.

Tuesday saw RAC1 report that Valverde was set to lose his job in the wake of Saturday’s Copa del Rey defeat to Valencia, but Wednesday sees reports that state the contrary.

Indeed Gerard Romero was one of the first to backtrack, apologising for his earlier information and reporting that president Josep Maria Bartomeu will not be doing any firing.

Over at ESPN FC they have a similar line and have reportedly “been told” by Bartomeu that Valverde will be the Barcelona boss next season despite all the speculation.

Marca say that the board have “analysed the coach’s position in the last few days” and have decided to stick with him for next season.

Over at Sport the word is that Bartomeu wants Valverde to continue, and they also bring news of a dinner date between Pep Guardiola and Valverde that took place on Monday.

And finally Mundo Deportivo say that neither Bartomeu nor Pep Segura are considering firing Valverde. They also report that Roberto Martinez is not an option have been surprised with reports linking the Belgium boss to the club.

Expect the speculation to rumble on but for now at least it seem as though Valverde stays.

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