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Marcelino rewarded with one-year Valencia extension

20:21 GMT+4 18/07/2018
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Los Che have moved to maintain stability by extending Marcelino's stay as head coach until the end of the 2019-20 season

Marcelino has been rewarded for a fine first year in charge of Valencia with a new contract that runs until the end of the 2019-20 season.

The 52-year-old took over at the end of the 2016-17 season following the removal of Cesare Prandelli and has now secured a one-year extension to his existing deal after leading his side to fourth place in La Liga last term.

Valencia have been hampered by instability since December 2015, with the head coach role changing hands six times, but the appointment of Marcelino and regular goals from Spain striker Rodrigo helped seal a return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign.

"Valencia CF have reached a complete agreement this Wednesday to extend Marcelino García Toral´s contract for a further season until the 30th of June 2020 as the first team coach," the club signalled in a short statement.

"Valencia CF are delighted to have finalized such an agreement."

Marcelino began his coaching career with Sporting's 'B' team and moved up to the Gijon side's first XI as he embarked on a rather nomadic path through Spain. 

Prior to taking the Valencia job he had directed at the likes of Recreativo, Racing Santander, Zaragoza, Sevilla and Villarreal, spending three seasons at the latter up to 2016.

Valencia's pre-season preparations get underway against Galatasaray in Switzerland on Saturday, before further friendlies with the likes of PSV, Leicester City, Everton and Bayer Leverkusen.