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27.11.2009 13:53

Don Andrés, until 2015: “It’s a very special day”


At 13.45 today, Andrés Iniesta extended his FC Barcelona contract until June 30 of 2015, with the buy-out clause set at 200 million euros.

Iniesta, aged 25, had a contract until 2014 and a buy-out clause of 150 million. The new conditions have added one more year to make a total of six.

“My dream is to retire here”

2009-11-27_FIRMA_INIESTA_32.JPGHaving signed, Andrés Iniesta spoke to Barça TV. “It is a very special day. I want to thank to President, the Board and Txiki Begiristain for continuing to have faith in me. It is step further towards my dream, which is to retire here”.

He also wants to win more titles. “I’d like to end my career and look back at everything I have won, that’s what makes us happy. I’ll have to fight for that” he said.

First choice player

2009-11-27_FIRMA_INIESTA_16.JPGAndrés Iniesta is one of the four captains and one of the most decisive members of the FC Barcelona squad. His has manager Josep Guardiola’s every confidence, and has played in 15 games this season, nine times as a starter. In fact, ever since he joined the first team he has been a regular first choice player.

Photos: Miguel Ruiz (FCB)
Photos: Miguel Ruiz (FCB)
Laporta: “It is a historic day”
Joan Laporta told Barça TV and www.fcbarcelona.cat that the renewal of Andrés Iniesta makes for a historic day because the player, “on the one hand, has shown that he is one of the best players in the world, and on the other, because he sets an example for the younger members of the squad. Andrés is the perfect example of the merits of the Masia, and of Barça’s youth football scheme, he is the one children look up to, not just at Barça, but everywhere”.

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