Andres Iniesta has officially extended his contract with Barcelona, today penning a new deal to keep him at the Camp Nou until June 2018.
The 29-year-old, who was seen as having been in talks over a renewal since the summer, was confirmed late last week by club President Sandro Rosell as having agreed to a new deal.
On from that, Barca have confirmed that in an official meeting today at the club’s offices, the contract was signed off, with the player awarded a three-year extension to take him through to June 2018.
The deal is widely believed to place Iniesta as behind only Messi on official salary earnings at the club.
Iniesta commented on the new contract after playing in yesterday’s 5-2 win at Getafe.
“I am very happy,” the Spain international told reporters.
“For various reasons I am very happy to renew, especially for the moment that the team is enjoying.
“By the end of the contract I will be 34, which takes me to my retirement here.
“I hope that by then, my performances will be equal or better to as they are now.”
Barca also confirm in their statement on the player signing the deal today, that terms are agreed from the 2017-18 campaign onwards of an automatic one-year renewal, based on Iniesta reaching a set number of appearances each season.