Vilanova to sign two-year deal with Barca - press

Updated: 13 June 2012 19:49 IST

Press reports in Spain on Wednesday revealed that Tito Vilanova has agreed a two-year deal as coach of Barcelona and could be officially presented to the media on Friday.

Vilanova to sign two-year deal with Barca - press

Madrid:

Press reports in Spain on Wednesday revealed that Tito Vilanova has agreed a two-year deal as coach of Barcelona and could be officially presented to the media on Friday.


"Tito Vilanova will be coach of Barcelona for the next two seasons," the Catalonia-based sports daily El Mundo Deportivo reported.

The daily added that "the club and Vilanova's representative Josep Maria Orobitg have reached a definitive agreement and only the signature is now required."

Vilanova has been in contract talks with Barcelona ever since the April 27 announcement that he would replace the departing Pep Guardiola in the dugout.

Madrid-based sports daily Marca added that "the new coach of Barcelona will earn 7 million euros ($8.8m) a year gross," and reported that his unveiling could take place on Friday.

In April, Guardiola confirmed that he was stepping down after four trophy-laden years in charge.

"Four years, time wears you down, I have nothing left in the tank and I need to fill myself up again," he said at a press conference at the time.

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell revealed the same day that Vilanova would step up from his role as Guardiola's assistant as the club seek to maintain continuity.

Vilanova, 42, played only briefly as a professional in Spain's top flight, notably with Celta Vigo, before turning to coaching at the end of his career and finding his way back to the club of his youth.

He came through Barcelona's youth ranks but after failing to break into the first team he continued his playing career with a number of lower league clubs before retiring in 2002.

He rejoined the Catalans as a youth coach in 2007, helping Barcelona's B side to promotion before becoming Guardiola's number two with the first team.

Guardiola won 14 titles in his four seasons in charge, with two Champions League crowns and two Club World Cups adding to three domestic league titles, two Copas del Rey, two European SuperCups and three Spanish SuperCups.



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