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Valverde agrees to coach Barcelona for another season

FC Barcelona's head manager Ernesto Valverder, left, and Athletic Bilbao's head manager Gaizka Garitano, give instructions during the Spanish La Liga ...

FC Barcelona's head manager Ernesto Valverder, left, and Athletic Bilbao's head manager Gaizka Garitano, give instructions during the Spanish La Liga ...

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says Ernesto Valverde has agreed to stay on as coach for at least one more season.

The Spanish champions say Valverde has agreed to exercise the option in his contract to continue. It also says Valverde has agreed to add the possibility of coaching for the 2020-21 season.

The 55-year-old Valverde guided Barcelona to the Spanish league and the Copa del Rey titles last season, his first in charge at the Catalan club.

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

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Updated : 2021-04-23 14:40 GMT+08:00