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The 41-year-old coach and his right-hand man are believed to have met with club officials on Thursday and have taken a big step towards signing an extension

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is close to signing a new contract with the club, El Periodico de Catalunya reports.

The Spanish paper claims that Guardiola and his assistant, Tito Vilanova, met with Barca president Sandro Rosell and officials Andoni Zubizarreta and Josep Maria Bartomeu on Thursday to discuss a new deal over dinner.

It is understood that the only thing that is still standing in the way of an agreement is the length of Guardiola's contract.

Barcelona reportedly want the coach to sign a two-year deal to prevent a similar saga next season, while the 41-year-old wants to commit his future to the club only until 2013.

Over the last few weeks, several of Barca's players have called on Guardiola to prolong his stay at Camp Nou.

The Spanish coach has claimed 13 titles since taking charge of the club's first team from Frank Rijkaard in 2008.

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