- Ernesto Valverde has signed a new 12-month contract extension at Barcelona
- The new deal will now run until the summer of 2020
- Valverde claimed a double in his first season at Nou Camp
Ernesto Valverde has penned a new 12-month extension at Barcelona that will keep him at the Camp Nou until the summer of the 2019-20.
According to a statement from the Blaugrana, Valverde, who claimed the double in his first season at Nou Camp, has sealed an agreement with Barcelona to remain as club manager for one more campaign.
“Since his arrival as coach, Valverde has recorded some spectacular numbers only achieved by a select few. In his first season he won both the league title and the Copa del Rey and in 2018-19 he has already added the Spanish Super Cup to that list.
“In total the coach has led FC Barcelona in 96 official matches, winning 65, drawing 22 and just nine defeats. Of those 65 victories, 43 have come in the league, 11 in the Copa del Rey, 10 in the Champions League and one in the Spanish Super Cup.
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“The Barca coach came within a whisker of leading the side to an undefeated 2017-18 La Liga season. Only a defeat late on in the campaign at Levante prevented the team from making history. The team also scored in 37 consecutive matches in the league, the run only coming to an end last Sunday against Athletic Club.
“In his 96 games as Barca coach Valverde has seen his team score 233 goals whilst only conceding 78 (45 clean sheets).
“Leo Messi is top scorer in the Valverde era with 74 goals, followed by Luis Suarez on 47, Coutinho (18), Dembele (17), Paulinho and Pique (9) and Rakitic (8). With regards to assists, Leo Messi leads the way again with 32 then come Suarez (25), Jordi Alba (23), Sergi Roberto (13), Dembele (12) and Coutinho and Rakitic (11).
“Luis Suarez is the player who has played most under Valverde with 7,026 minutes ahead of Pique (7,024), Ter Stegen (7,020) and Rakitic (6,986). Ivan Rakitic has most games with 89 followed by Sergio Busquets and Messi (83), Luis Suarez (82) and Pique (81),” the release on the club’s official website read in part.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Lionel Messi will pocket a massive £7.3m monthly salary in a new Barcelona deal says club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
According to UK Sun citing Marca, the new contract will see Messi remain football’s top earner with a figure above his current £7.3m monthly wage.
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