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By ESPN Staff

Pellegrini extends contract with Villarreal to 2010

MADRID, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini has agreed a two-year contract extension that secures his services until 2010, the Primera Liga club said on Monday.

The 54-year-old Chilean joined Villarreal from River Plate in 2004. He steered the modest club to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup and third place in the Primera Liga to earn their first Champions League place in 2005.

They went on to make the Champions League semi-finals, where they fell 1-0 to Arsenal in 2006, and finished seventh in the league.

A fifth-placed finish last season, earned them a slot in the UEFA Cup where they have just qualified for the last 32 knockout phase.

They are fourth in the Primera Liga, seven points behind leaders Real Madrid.