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Feb 8, 2011

Guardiola extends contract

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has committed his future to the club for another 12 months, extending his contract through to the summer of 2012.

Guardiola, who would have been out of contract at the end of this season, has led Barca to an unprecedented 16 consecutive victories in La Liga - they have not dropped a single point since drawing at home to Mallorca on October 3 - which eclipses the record set by Real Madrid in 1960-61.

He will sign the contract "in the next few days" but the details have all been agreed.

The 2009 Champions League winners stand seven points clear of Real in the table, and have scored an astounding 70 goals in 22 games. They are on course to obliterate Real's record of 107 goals in the 1989-90 campaign.

As well as winning the Champions League in 2009, the Catalan club also won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup, the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup while they defended their La Liga title in 2010.

A statement from the club read: "FC Barcelona announce that they have reached an agreement with Josep Guardiola to renew his contract with the club for another season, until the 30th of June 2012. The signing of the contract will take place in the next few days."

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