Ernesto Valverde has agreed a one-year contract extension with Barcelona, ending speculation that he could walk away from the club in the summer.

Valverde's new terms will ensure he remains in charge of Barca next season. There's also an option for him to extend the deal until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

"I am really happy," he said. "I'm grateful that the club value what I am doing. They offered me the chance to continue and I am delighted to extend my contract.

"The intentions of clubs and coaches when deals are signed are always the best. The ides is to continue with the best intentions, but we know how football is, everything is dictated by results. There's always an uncertainty and we know how whimsical the game we're involved in can be.

"I feel really comfortable working here, with the backing of the board. I'm really comfortable with the team, with the players. I know how big the club is and it's a really exciting challenge to coach here and to work with these players. We have a lot of challenges ahead of us, a lot of games to win and a lot of trophies that we want to get our hands on."

Doubts had risen in recent months about the coach's future. Speaking to Barca TV over Christmas, Valverde said he didn't know what he would be doing next season.