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Guardiola set to pen new Barca deal

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will sign his one-year contract extension with the club on Wednesday, the Primera Division leaders have said.

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It had initially been announced earlier this month that Guardiola would pen his new deal on Tuesday, but that has now been moved back 24 hours.

Barca said on their website: "For reasons of agenda, the signing of Josep Guardiola's contract renewal, scheduled for this Tuesday, February 22, will finally take place on Wednesday, February 23, after first-team training, around 1300 (local time), in the club offices.

"The coach of Barcelona will sign for one more season, until June 30, 2012, as announced on February 8.''

Guardiola, 40, took charge of the Catalan giants in 2008 and has already led the club to eight titles. He stated his intention in January to continue at the club, and Barca confirmed as much earlier this month.

"For a coach, after a certain time, things can become routine for him and when that time comes one must get away from it," Guardiola said. "But there's still a lot of time left in the contract and the club knows I will never abandon them, so please let me do my job in peace."

Barca are currently five points clear at the top of La Liga, through to the final of the Copa del Rey and in the last-16 of the Champions League, where they trail 2-1 to Arsenal after the away leg.


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