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Valverde on his arrival in Barcelona | MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Ernesto Valverde has landed. At 2.30pm on Wednesday, after a flight that lasted a little over an hour, the man tabbed by FC Barcelona to become the team’s new manager arrived from Bilbao.

And while according to the flight’s itinerary he may have reached his final destination, things are very much just getting started for the 53-year-old Spaniard.

Later, Valverde, who played for Barça for two seasons in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s and who spent the last four seasons coaching Athletic Club Bilbao, will be on hand at the Club’s offices for a photo session at 3.30pm.

On Thursday, the welcome party continues when Valverde will sign his contract at 11.00am, followed by a series of events including his official unveiling at Camp Nou followed by his inaugural press conference at 1.00pm.

All times are in Central European Time


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