Exactly one month after being abruptly dismissed as coach of Barcelona , Ernesto Valverde has reappeared publicly this Thursday. He has done so at the Bilbao International Football Summit, held in San Mamés , where he has come to receive the Referential Prize awarded by the organization of the event. ' Txingurri ' had planned to go still following the Camp Nou bench (as long as the agenda allowed) and has also fulfilled its commitment after its cessation. The only difference, perhaps, is that he has done it with a beard, a 'look' with which he had never been seen in public.
In the talk he has offered during the congress, Valverde has recognized that the only football match he has seen this month was the duel of the quarterfinals of the Cup between Barça and Athletic , the last two teams he has trained . "Without the intention of generating controversy, it was a game very similar to the first League game we played in San Mamés," said 'Txingurri' who, true to his style, has not given rise to grandiloquent headlines about his recent cessation.
" I don't think about whether I have been unfairly treated , I have to avoid it. I try to turn the page, in the end we are thinking about what has happened and why. We are going to look forward I don't have to look back," he explained, acknowledging, that Yes, he would have liked that his removal had occurred in another way, although "training Barça has been incredible luck." For the moment, Valverde does not consider returning to the benches immediately: " I plan to go see several teams and I also want to be with other coaches to chat with them and confront issues and different situations."
That of Valverde has been one of the big names of the BIFS, which this year has celebrated its fourth edition, with the novelty of doing it for the first time in San Mamés. In addition to the former Barça coach, who has received the Rewarding Award, Brazil and Argentina, Tite and Lionel Scaloni , and Fabio Capello have been present. Likewise, Roberto Martínez, Belgium coach, participated by videoconference; Robert Moreno , coach of Monaco; and former soccer player Gica Popescu. Among the audience was Unai Emery , recently dismissed as an Arsenal coach and lecturer in previous editions of the BIFS, and Javier Irureta , as well as representatives of Athletic as its sports director, Rafa Alkorta .
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