Carles Puyol signs new Barcelona contract

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Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has signed a contract extension at the club, prolonging his stay at the Nou Camp until 2016, reports Sky Sports.

The 34-year-old defender came through the famed La Masia youth academy, making his first-team debut in 1999/2000, before being made skipper in 2004.

During his time in Catalunia, Puyol has helped Barcelona to five Primera Division titles, three Champions League trophies, two FIFA Club World Cups and two Copa del Rey crowns.

The Spain international excelled under the tutelage of former manager Pep Guardiola, and continues to play an important role for Tito Vilanova's side - the man who succeeded Guardiola as head coach at the start of the campaign.

Puyol follows fellow one-club servants Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi in recently signing new deals, ensuring that the spine of the team - widely regarded as the best club side ever to grace the game - remains in tact for a few more years yet.

"I'm very happy and very pleased," he told Barca TV. "My plan was to continue here - I want to be here for as many years as I can. I'm thankful for the effort that the club have made.

"Signing this contact is important, but what's more important is seeing it out. Staying in shape is very important and I'm well aware that I have to take care of myself off and on the pitch."

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