La Liga - Guardiola agrees new Barcelona deal

Tue, 08 Feb 18:45:00 2011

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has agreed to extend his contract with the La Liga champions to the end of next season.

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His current deal was due to expire at the end of this campaign and although he had been holding out on agreeing a new contract there was no suggestion he planned to leave the club he joined as a 13-year-old.

"FC Barcelona announces that it has reached an agreement with Josep Guardiola on extending his contractual relationship with the club for one more season, until June 30, 2012," Barca said on their website.

"The formal signing of the new contract will take place in coming days," they added.

Barca are seven points clear at the top of La Liga after 22 games.

The 40-year-old, who played for Barcelona for 11 years and represented Spain on 47 occasions, has led the club through one of the most successful periods in the club's history.

Taking over in the summer of 2008, Guardiola oversaw a treble of Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League titles.

The following year the Catalan club retained their league crown, but were stopped in the semi-finals of the Champions League by Jose Mourinho's Internazionale.

Nonetheless, under Guardiola, who has said he prefers to renew his contract year by year, Barca have won 117 of 159 matches played, with 28 draws and only 14 defeats.

They have also won all five Clasico fixtures against Real Madrid, including handing their great rivals a 6-2 drubbing at their Bernabeu stadium in the Spanish capital and beating them 5-0 at the Nou Camp earlier this season.

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