Berizzo close to Celta extension

Celta Vigo boss Eduardo Berizzo has confirmed ahead of Sunday’s early trip to Sporting Gijon that he is on the verge of extending his contract.

Former Celta defender Berizzo replaced Luis Enrique in the summer of 2014 and guided the Galicians to an eighth-place finish in La Liga last season – one better than his predecessor – and has since taken the club to within just seven points of a Champions League spot in 2015-16.

“In the coming days or next few weeks, I hope I can say that I’ll be the Coach of Celta next season,” the Coach, whose current deal expires this summer, said at a Press conference.

“That’s my wish, nothing has been signed yet.”

Turning his attentions to the game against Sporting, Berizzo added: “[El Molinon] is one of the toughest places to go to.

“We expect a tough match, one which is very uncomfortable against intense opponents, motivated by their need for a victory to move out of the relegation zone. It’ll be very tight.

“They’re a team who bide their time patiently and never abandon their game plan.

“They’re someone who close up the flanks, retracts their lines a lot, put the onus on their forwards and from there go all out on the attack, so we must seize the ball and use it properly.

“In these seven games, we have to cap off a great season. We can’t let [our position] go.

“We have to be ambitious and try to finish as high as possible.

“If we win, we’ll take a considerable advantage over Malaga and one which can bring us closer to Europe.”

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