Barcelona reach an agreement to extend Ernesto Valverde’s contract

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Barcelona have reached an agreement to extend Ernesto Valverde’s contract.

Valverde will sign the extension later today at 10.15am CET in the Presidential Suite at Camp Nou.

The Spanish manager's new contract will now run until 2020 with the option of extending his stay by a further year.

Valverde has been at the club since 2017 and has enjoyed success during his stint as manager.

In his first season in charge he lead Barcelona to the La Liga title.

His side finished with 93 points, losing just once and finishing 14 points clear of Atletico Madrid in second.

Barcelona also won the Copa del Rey for the 30th time, convincingly beating Sevilla 5-0 in the final.

Blaugrana have not been at their best this campaign, but they are still six points clear of Real Madrid in the race for the La Liga title.

They are also still in with a chance of winning the Copa del Rey; although they will have to beat Los Blancos at the Bernabeu later this month.

Ernesto Valverde has been at the club since 2017

But while domestic success is valued, Valverde will be judged by his team's success in the Champions League.

In Valverde's first season in charge, Barcelona were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Roma after letting a 4-1 advantage from the first leg slip.

They safely progressed through the group stages this year and will take on Lyon in the last 16.

Valverde has so far been in charge at the club for 96 games, with his side emerging victorious on 65 occasions.

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