BARCELONA – FC Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde discussed on Friday his good relationship with the Catalan club’s management after he renewed his contract with the team for another season and added the possibility of an extension for another season until 2021.
Valverde signed the new contract at Camp Nou’s Presidential Suite ahead of the first team’s afternoon training session.
“I am very comfortable working here, with the backing of the club, and also very comfortable with the players,” Valverde told Barcelona’s television channel after the signing.
“It is an exciting challenge to lead this club and these players. There is yet more to come,” he said.
The Spanish coach said he was happy and thankful for being trusted to continue Barcelona’s soccer operations, adding that he remained focused on claiming titles for his team.
Barcelona’s vice president Jordi Mestre said that all parties were happy with Valverde’s renewal.
“We believe that he is a coach who gives us a lot, for the titles he has achieved and for those we hope he would earn,” Mestre said about the coach. “We believe it is a necessary and very useful step because of the stability it gives us and the future we hope for.”
The Spanish coach brought both league and Copa del Rey titles to Camp Nou during his first season (2017-2018) with Barcelona.
Barcelona has won 65 out of 96 games played under Valverde’s watch, with 22 draws and only nine losses.
The team has netted 233 goals in the 96 matches and conceded 78.
During Valverde’s tenure, Argentina star Lionel Messi contributed the most of all players with 74 goals, while Uruguay forward Luis Suarez scored the second most goal with 47.
The club published highlights of the best five matches led by the 55-year-old coach, including Barcelona’s 3-0 La Liga win over Real Madrid in December 2017 and the Catalan team’s smashing 5-0 victory at the 2017/18 Copa del Rey’s final round against Sevilla.
Barça’s website also reminded its fans of the Valverde-led Barcelona team’s 4-2 victory over Tottenham in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League Group Stage match.
Valverde took Barcelona’s helm in May 2017, succeeding Luis Enrique who resigned after leading the Catalan club for three seasons.
Barcelona is presently leading the league table with 51 points, six points ahead of arch-rival Real Madrid.
Barcelona players and coaches are wrapping up their preparations for Saturday’s La Liga clash at Camp Nou, where they are set to host Valladolid.