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Ernesto Valverde and Barcelona agree one-year extension

Ernesto Valverde and Barcelona agree one-year extension

Ernesto Valverde has agreed a one-year contract extension with Barcelona, the club have confirmed.

The 55-year-old Spaniard has agreed terms which will see him remain in charge until the end of the 2020/2021 season and include the option to extend for another year past that.

The former Athletic Bilbao boss replaced Luis Enrique in May 2017 and has guided the Catalan club to a La Liga title and Copa del Rey success.

Speculation surrouding his future began during the start of 2019, with claims coming that he could be replaced by former midfielder Xavi Hernandez, who has recently passed his coaching badges.

Barca currently sit top of La Liga and are looking to secure another domestic win, whilst they are determined to seal a Champions League win.

The agreement has been met with delight from some Barca fans, who have been keen to stop any conflicting reports, whilst others believe that should Valverde fail to deliver the Champions League title this season – then a change should happen.

Barca’s current form has seen them struggle, drawing their last two games – against Real Madrid in La Copa and against Athletic Bilbao in the league last weekend.

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They are fully expected to beat Real Valladolid at the Camp Nou this weekend, however, before facing French side Olympique Lyonnais in Europe next week.