Barca hope for gift of Iniesta extension
Iniesta: I want to finish my career here
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has said that Andres Iniesta extending his contract would be a nice Christmas present for everyone at the club.
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Iniesta’s current deal runs up until June 2014, and while both the midfielder himself and club figures including president Sandro Rosell and secretary Toni Freixa have spoken publicly about being confident an agreement can be reached, talks with the player's representatives appear to have been deadlocked for months now.
Zubi told reporters on Barca’s trip to Amsterdam for Tuesday’s Champions League group game at Ajax that he was hopeful of putting the issue to bed before the New Year.
“Iniesta renewing his contract would be a nice Christmas present,” Zubizarreta said. “We will see what happens. We are all agreed on this.”
La Masia graduate Iniesta, 29, has claimed money is not the most important thing for him, while Zubizarreta has previously denied reports the club having let go long-serving physio Emili Ricart last summer was an issue.
The continuing uncertainty has led to speculation that Manchester City and Manchester United could make huge offers to tempt the World Cup winning goalscorer to England.