Midfielder Iniesta signs lifetime contract with FC Barcelona

The midfielder now sits on 639, second only to Xavi, and remains a key part of the first-team at the club, playing in six of their seven LaLiga games so far this term.

"Barcelona, as one of the leading institutions in the country, demands a process of dialogue and negotiations to find political solutions to the situation happening in Catalonia", read a club statement.

"It's simply that things have to run their natural course, you have to talk to find common ground and beyond that we just try to take care of things and be positive".

Iniesta said earlier this season that he wanted to retire with Barcelona, but "there were many factors" that had to be evaluated before considering his new deal with the club.


Iniesta's Barca and Spain team-mate Gerard Pique has been a controversial figure of late, with the defender attracting jeers from supporters at a recent worldwide training session for his support of the Catalan independence referendum.

Iniesta has previously tended to do his talking on the field as a fundamental figure in Barca's most successful era.

Captain Andres Iniesta became the first player to sign a contract for life with Barcelona on Friday, ending speculation he could leave the club where he has spent his entire career.

T-shirt "Barcelona" Iniesta for 15 years, he scored 54 goals and gave 136 assists.


However, the Spaniard has eased concerns after finally signing a new contract that will keep him at Camp Nou until the end of his career. "I will follow my body and my head because they will know better than anyone else when it's time [to retire] but it's not something I'm thinking about".

Talks about Iniesta's contract renewal had been going on since the beginning of the year. "It makes me very happy that my club has given me this chance".

Barcelona are keen to manage their captain's minutes to prolong his impact on the first team, although the evergreen Iniesta has still started six of their seven LaLiga games this season.

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