February 19, 2018

Andres Iniesta will finish his career at Barcelona after new 'lifetime' deal

07 October 2017, 12:16 | Rufus Hill

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Iniesta has also made the second highest number of appearances in a Barca shirt behind Xavi Hernandez with 639 since his debut 15 years ago.

Barcelona have just confirmed the contract extension of Dybala through their official website and social media accounts.

"When I don't have the same force or importance I have always had things can always change".

The Spain midfielder reached an agreement with Barca for a new "lifetime" deal at the club on Friday, extending his lengthy association with the Catalan giants having joined in 1996.

"Everyone can understand that someone who is 33 might start to consider things but I never thought "I'm leaving", it was more a question of weighing things up", Iniesta said when asked why agreeing a new contract had taken so long.

However, after protracted talks between the two parties, Iniesta is happy to stay at the only club he has played for professionally.

Barcelona tied down captain Andres Iniesta for the rest of his career as the club announced on Friday the 33-year-old midfielder has agreed to the first "lifetime contract" in Barca's history.

Iniesta denied he was on the brink of signing a new contract last month. On Sunday, as doubts about Barcelona's game against Las Palmas grew and locals demanded that the club shut down the game, news about the decision-making process filtered out carefully to give audiences the impression that the board was against going ahead with the game, while the players pressed for business as usual. "It makes me very happy that my club has given me this chance".

His previous deal was due to expire at the end of the campaign, much like Messi's current contract, and the Argentinian has been the subject of speculation as a result. They are followed by Lionel Messi, whose streak stands at 594. "I'll be the first to know when it's over".

"Since 2015 Iniesta has been the team's first captain, and is one of the club's most distinguished symbols".

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