Barcelona will reportedly step up contract renegotiations with Andres Iniesta, in an attempt to have them sorted before Christmas.
The midfielder is widely reported as having turned down the club’s first offer to extend, with it believed due to terms put on the table.
Mundo Deportivo today suggest that it is a start to negotiations that has La Blaugrana already anxious about developing into a more drawn out process.
Subsequently, it is understood that the club are looking to step up efforts to reach an agreement with the 29-year-old before apparent attention from other clubs can grow.
Whilst Mundo Deportivo assert that Barca are keen to renew Iniesta ‘at all costs’, it is seen that the current positions between the midfielder and the club are distant.
The Catalans’ position is believed partly linked to efforts made in recently renewing contracts for Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez and Sergio Busquets, signing Neymar, entering into contract talks with Gerard Pique and contemplating the same with Lionel Messi.
Iniesta’s current contract expires in June 2015.