José Manuel Pinto told reporters this lunchtime: “if everything goes as planned, I think the Club and I can reach agreement next week to extend my contract”.
With the Spanish Cup final coming up in April, there has been speculation that it could mark the
biggest challenge of his career if he plays, but Pinto insisted: “there’s nearly two
months to go before that game and the boss will do what he thinks is best. In any case, the most
important challenge is not a single game, no matter how important it is, but rather the work I put
in every day, my career as a whole and trying to constantly improve”.
Pinto was clearly happy at the confidence the Club was showing in him: “we spoke to the Club
about a month ago and they told us they intended to extend the contract for another year. I’m
very happy here and I think we will be able to officially confirm my new deal within a few
Happy with Guardiola extension
Pinto’s deal follows Pep Guardiola’s signing of an extension on Wednesday and the
keeper commented: “the boss is the key piece and it’s thanks to him and his work that
we have won so much”.
Pinto has stepped in to cover the absence of Victor Valdes and he explained: “nothing
has changed for me. I’m working as I always do, but it’s true that when the fans are
chanting your name, you feel loved and it’s an indescribably proud moment”.
Pinto went on: “the most important thing is the confidence the
squad have in me and my work. As a rule, I forget what people outside might be saying – I
respect it, but I don’t waste any energy on anything said outside of the dressing
Pinto was also asked if he wouldn’t rather play in a side where he got more minutes and
his reaction was very clear: “believe me, if I felt I would be happier elsewhere I would go.
If I’m here, it’s because I could not be any better anywhere else”.