Valverde not worried about extending Barcelona contract

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde said he does not care about a contract extension as he dismissed speculation over his future with the La Liga champions.

Valverde’s deal expires at the end of the season and the 54-year-old has continually been unwilling to speak about a new contract.

The former Athletic Bilbao boss secured a domestic double in his first campaign in charge but Barca suffered a shock Champions League quarter-final exit to Roma in 2017-18.

Valverde was asked about his future again following Barca’s 4-2 win over Sevilla on Saturday, however, he preferred to focus on upcoming clashes with Inter and fierce rivals Real Madrid.

“My future at Barca does not matter to me, I do not care,” said Valverde.

“I’m focused on the two matches that come and the noise that there is always around the team is the usual and you cannot do anything.”

Barca’s triumph against Sevilla in the top-of-the-table clash came at a cost after Lionel Messi fractured his arm at Camp Nou.

The club’s star man is set to be out of action for three weeks and will not be avilable for either of the crunch clashed on tap in the coming days. 

The Catalan giants – who are a point clear atop La Liga – will host Inter in the Champions League on Wednesday before entertaining Madrid in Sunday’s Clasico.

The Serie A side are level with the Spanish outfit in their Champions League group, with both sides having picked up six points from two matches. 

Barcelona have a bit more cushion on rivals Madrid in the league table.

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Julen Lopetegui’s club dropped another result on Saturday, falling 2-1 to Levante, and sit fifth in the league table, four points back of Barca. 

 

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