Madrid - Villarreal coach Marcelino Garcia Toral has agreed a three-year extension to his contract, the La Liga club confirmed on Friday.
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Marcelino's deal had been due to expire at the end of this season, but he will now be tied to the club until 2019.
Villarreal were rooted in mid-table in the second division when Marcelino took charge just short of three years ago.
He inspired an upturn that led to promotion and back-to-back sixth place finishes back in the top flight.
Villarreal currently lie fifth in La Liga and are well-placed to reach the last 32 of the Europa League.