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Lionel Messi wants Ernesto Valverde to stay another year at Barcelona - report

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Lionel Messi reportedly wants Ernesto Valverde to stay at Barcelona for another year, according to AS.

Valverde signed a two-year deal with the option for a third when he arrived in 2017, although president Josep Maria Bartomeu said in October his contract runs until 2020.

The Barcelona boss hasn’t wanted to discuss his future at the club whenever he’s been asked this season, so it’s unclear exactly what his plans are after this season.

However, it seems that if it were up to Messi then Valverde would definitely remain in place for another season after this one.

The report reckons that Messi has been impressed with the way he’s been managed by Valverde, and the captain’s also liked his manager’s reading of the game.