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Andres Iniesta signs new Barcelona contract

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Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has this afternoon confirmed that Andres Iniesta has pledged his long-term future to the club by signing a new contract, which ties him to the Camp Nou until 2018.

Iniesta has long been linked with putting pen to paper on fresh terms with Barca, in a bid to fend off any lingering threat of interest from the likes of Premier League giants Manchester United.

The 29-year-old had more 18 months to run on his current deal but has effectively ended speculation of an exit from La Liga by signing on for three more seasons with Spanish champions, Rosell confirmed on the club's official website today.

A three-year extension looks likely to ensure that Iniesta spends the rest of his career with Barcelona, a club he has represented 479 times, winning more than 20 trophies in the process.

The playmaker extraordinaire also holds the considerable distinction of scoring the winning goal for Spain in the 2010 World Cup final against Holland, the crowning moment in a distinguished international career which has yielded 94 caps to date.

Despite fast approaching his 30's Iniesta remains integral to Barca's style of play and mentality, playing 21 times this season to help La Liga's leading lights set the pace just ahead of closest challengers Atletico Madrid.

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