Ernesto Valverde extends his contract as Barcelona manager

Ernesto Valverde has extended his contract as Barcelona coach for at least one more season.

Valverde will exercise the option in his contract to continue, the defending Spanish champions said on Friday. They added Valverde also agreed to add the possibility of coaching for the 2020-21 season.

The 55-year-old Valverde joined Barcelona from Athletic Bilbao in mid-2017 to replace Luis Enrique.

This season, Valverde has helped Barcelona regroup following the departure of veteran midfielder Andres Iniesta.

Barcelona leads the Spnaish league, has reached the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, and the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

After a league match against Valladolid on Saturday, Barcelona visits Lyon on Tuesday to start its Champions League round-of-16 tie.

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