Barcelona Agrees to extend Ernesto Valverde’s contract

FC Barcelona announced Friday it had extended the contract of its coach Ernesto Valverde for another season with the option of one more.

“In his first season he won both the league title and the Copa del Rey and in 2018/19 he has already added the Spanish Super Cup to that list,” the club said in a statement.

The Spaniard was out of contract this summer, but he is set to take charge of the team next season and have the option of staying on for the year after that too.

Valverde took over from Luis Enrique in 2017, and in his first season in charge, he guided Barca to the title in La Liga by 14 points and to their fourth consecutive Copa del Rey.

In the former, Barcelona almost managed an unbeaten campaign before a 5-4 defeat to Levante in the penultimate match of the season.

The UEFA Champions League was a source of disappointment, though, as Barca exited at the quarter-final stage for the third year running.

This season, Barca are six points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga and have a second leg against Los Blancos in the Copa del Rey semi-final to come. In the Champions League, they are set to face Lyon in the round of 16.

Despite Barca’s 233 goals during Valverde’s 96 matches in charge, he has failed to win over some sections of supporters because of the team’s style of play.

Here’s a tweet from Barcelona confirming the signing:

Ernesto Valverde Tejedor is a Spanish former footballer who played as a forward..

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