FC Barcelona and the coach Ernesto Valverde they have reached an agreement for the renewal of their contract for one more season and a second, the 2020-2021, optional, the same formula that had already used in the drafting of their last contract. For months, the technician had responded evasively to questions about the updating of his agreement with the club, since it had to be formalized if his relationship was extended one more year. Finally, Barcelona ensures the continuity of the coach at least for the 2019-2020 academic year.
In an interview on BarçaTV, at the beginning of the year, the Txingurri explained that there was a good harmony between both parties, but put nuances: "I do not know what I will do next season. In this football, who knows? We all know how things are. I never think long or long term. For us, two months are a very long term. If you win a game, everyone is happy; if you lose it, everyone is watching you. What I want is for everyone to be satisfied with the work. But we are not going to cheat. If you do not win LaLiga, everyone looks at the coach because it is marked like that. I try to meet the objectives and, of course, how much we have left, so let's see it. "
A month and a half after those words, the coach has considered that he does not need to delay the extension of his agreement with the club. Although with difficulties in recent weeks by the accumulation of casualties and the state of form of Leo Messi – suffered a contracture and is not playing 100% -, the club is still the leader of LaLiga, with six points ahead of Madrid and seven from Atlético. In addition, it disputes the eighth of end of the Champions next Tuesday against the Lyon and the return of the semifinals of the Glass before Madrid on the 27th of this month. Given such a demanding schedule, the club and the coach have preferred to clear the unknowns about the continuity of the second.
The signing of the contract will be held the same morning of this Friday in the Presidential Fish Market of Camp Nou. Although, the technician will not attend the media until the afternoon, at 17.00, when the press conference prior to the day of the League was scheduled, which this Saturday faces Barcelona with Valladolid (20.45) at the stadium.