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19.07.2007 12:29

Iniesta is Barça’s new number 8


Spanish international midfielder Andrés Iniesta, who has told www.fcbarcelona.cat of his desire spend his entire career at Barça, is swapping his number 24 shirt for number 8 this season.

Iniesta has worn the number 24 shirt for the last four years. However, the departure of Ludovic Giuly has enabled him to fulfil a longstanding wish: “I’ve always liked the number 8 shirt and I wore it a few fcb-alabxs-giuly_x1x.jpgtimes in the youth teams and for Spain. I’m a bit sad to give up the number 24 shirt but I’m excited about wearing number 8. The chance has come up now that Giuly has left. I wish him the best of luck in his new life in Italy”.

Nothing but Barça

As for a story that has appeared today (Thursday) in Madrid based sports paper 'Marca' stating that Real Madrid are interested in paying his release clause, Iniesta told fcb-nxstic-iniesta_x1x.jpgus: “I’ve been told about that and I’m very surprised. I can’t do anything about it but I’d like to insist once again that I want to stay here. When I say I want to retire in Barça, I say it with all my heart. And my wishes are above everything else”.

Iniesta is very excited by the arrival of the new signings and is upbeat about the 2007-08 season: “Last season hurt and I want to get even. A great team is being put together and I’ll be part of it”.
Iniesta is Barça’s new number 8
A shirt with history
Fixed shirt numbers made their appearance in the Spanish First Division in the 1995-96 season. Since then the Barça number 8 has been worn by the following players: Amor (1995-96), Stoichkov (1996-98), Celades (1998-99), Cocu (1999 – 2004) and Giuly (2004-07).

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