Valverde prefers Australia to England

Former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has said he would prefer a move to the Australian A-League rather than the English Premier League, reports Reuters. Valverde, who won two La Liga titles and a Copa del Rey during his two full seasons at Camp Nou, was sacked in January.

And, despite his impressive trophy-haul in recent seasons, he said he is open to looking outside the top leagues when it comes to making his next managerial move. "People ask me sometimes: 'How about the Premier League?' and I say: 'Well actually I'd like to go to Australia,'" Valverde said at the Bilbao International Football Summit on Thursday.

"A career in football does not last forever and sometimes you think you have to take the opportunity to live in strange places." Valverde's career took him to some of Spain's top clubs such as Valencia and Athletic Bilbao as well as two stints in Greece at Olympiakos.