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Yeray Alvarez departs Spain under-21 squad after testicular cancer returns

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Yeray Alvarez was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year.

Athletic Bilbao defender Yeray Alvarez has left Spain's under-21 squad after a medical check-up revealed that his testicular cancer has returned, his club announced on Tuesday.

Yeray, 22, will undergo chemotherapy in the coming days and is expected to be out of action for three months. He had been due to take part in the upcoming European Under-21 Championship with Spain.

An Athletic statement said of Alvarez's medical report: "During a radiological check-up done on June 12, the latest of the follow-up...

Ernesto Valverde is new Barcelona coach as Luis Enrique departs

Sid Lowe says Barcelona are in safe hands with Ernesto Valverde, even if he is not the most exciting managerial hire.
With Ernesto Valverde's confirmation as the coach of Barcelona, Steve Nicol looks at his safe, if lacklustre, approach.
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Former Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera is now linked with a possible move to Barca after Ernesto Valverde's appointment.

Barcelona have confirmed the appointment of Ernesto Valverde as their new coach.

Former Athletic Bilbao boss Valverde replaces Luis Enrique and has signed a two-year contract, with the option for an additional year included.

Luis Enrique, who announced that he would leave in March, took charge of the last game of his three-year tenure as Barcelona beat Alaves 3-1 to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday.

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"Ernesto Valverde is the new coach of Barcelona. I have spoken personally with him this afternoon,...

Jose Angel Ziganda named as new Athletic Bilbao head coach

Jose Angel Ziganda during his time in charge of Osasuna.

Athletic Bilbao have promoted Jose Angel "Cuco" Ziganda to head coach following the departure of Ernesto Valverde.

Ziganda has been in charge of the club's reserves since 2011 and was considered the leading candidate to replace Valverde, a reported target for Barcelona.

A club statement said: "Jose Angel Ziganda will be the new coach of Athletic Club for the next two seasons."

Ziganda, 50, played for Athletic for seven seasons before returning to hometown club Osasuna and going on to coach them...

Ernesto Valverde 'cannot confirm' Barcelona interest as he exits Athletic

Departing Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde denies that he has reached an agreement to join another club.
Gab Marcotti assesses Barcelona's current squad and discusses the areas they need to bolster ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

Ernesto Valverde has said he "cannot confirm" reports that he will become the next coach of Barcelona.

Less than 24 hours after Athletic Bilbao announced that Valverde would not continue for a fifth season in charge, the 53-year-old sat alongside Athletic president Josu Orrutia to explain his decision to leave.

Asked about Barcelona's reported interest in signing him, he said: "I cannot confirm it, I'm sorry."

Valverde is reported to be the leading candidate to succeed Luis Enrique after the Barca...