Influential midfielder to be rewarded.
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has confirmed that midfield maestro Andres Iniesta is set to sign a new deal to stay at the club, Sky Sports reports.
The 29-tear-old has spent his entire career with the Catalan giants, scoring 47 goals in 460 appearances since making his debut for the side back in 2002.
During that time he has also collected an extensive list of both personal and team honours, including six La Liga titles, three Champions League victories, and of course one World Cup, and his current deal is set to expire in 2015, though Rosell has intimated that the player is due to extend his stay beyond that.
“Iniesta is a key player for us,” Rosell told TV3 programme Hat-Trick.
“It is likely that the next great news for Barcelona will be the renewal of Iniesta’s contract.”
Rosell also spoke about the recent appointment of Gerardo Martino after Tito Villanova was forced to step down as first team coach over the summer to continue his fight against cancer.
“[Vilanova’s] relapse has been the worst news of my presidency,” he said. “Hopefully he will win his battle, but life goes on.
“We had thought already about Tata Martino the first time Vilanova needed to undergo treatment last season.
“[Sporting director] (Andoni) Zubizarreta chose the new coach from three names. I put down on the table that Martino would be my tip, nothing more. I will not say who the other two were, I don’t think that is right.”