Barcelona are looking to extend Ernesto Valverde’s stay at the Camp Nou. According to Catalan outlet, Mundo Deportivo, representatives from the club plan to meet with Valverde’s agent either in September or October. As things stand, Valverde has a contract through this season with an option for a third.
The club is looking to extend the contract and any talks of an extension will not depend on the results of this season. The article goes on to state that the contract is not contingent on the number of titles won. Instead, it lays on the the manager’s want to continue.
One of the reasons why the club are seeking an extension this early is stability. Not just for the manager but for the squad as well. The article mentions how during his time with Athletic Bilbao, Valverde kept his decision to continue at the helm until the final months. Barcelona would rather avoid this scenario.
Valverde arrived at the club last season taking over from Luis Enrique. He had a good season by anyone else’s standards. But he’s managing Barcelona, where a league and cup double is seen as a disappointment. Blowing a three-goal advantage against Roma in the Champions League will do that.
Overall, Valverde had a good initial season and expectations are high for the current one. Barcelona managers do not tend to last long. It seems that the club is trying to buck that trend with Valverde.