Barcelona Extend Coach Velverde’s Contract

Spanish football champions Barcelona announced Friday they have extended the contract of coach Ernesto Valverde for another season with the option of one more.

“FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde, the first team coach, have reached an agreement to extend the contract between the two parties for another season (2019/20) with the option for one more (2020/21),” the club said in a statement.

Valverde, who took over at the Camp Nou in 2017 after joining from Athletic Bilbao, won the league and cup double last season.

But his debut season was marred by Barca’s shocking collapse to Roma in the Champions League last eight.

His previous contract would have expired at the end of this season. Senior players at the club, including skipper Lionel Messi had called for the coach to remain as they chase an unprecedented third treble this season.

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