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Andres Iniesta signs lifetime contract with Barcelona

Iniesta joined Barcelona as a 12-year-old and has gone on to make almost 650 first-team appearances - only Xavi Hernandez has played more games for the club ahead of him.

"When I don't have the same force or importance I have always had things can always change".

The 33-year-old has spent his entire professional career at Barcelona, having originally joined its youth ranks from Albacete in 1996.

The club also did not say what will be Iniesta's role after he stops playing.

Only Xavi Hernandez has had more appearances, with 767.

"He is unique, we can't live without him and I think the club thinks the same way".

Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has signed a contract extension with the blaugrana commiting the rest of his carrer to the La Liga giants.

Arsenal's contract rebel Mesut Ozil has entered the a year ago on his contract at Arsenal and seems to be showing no interest in signing a new deal with the Gunners.

"This is the club where I grew up and evolved and I feel privileged to be its captain".

"I want to extend my career for as long as I can", he said.

However, in tying down Iniesta, Bartomeu has at least ensured that one of Barca's all-time greats will see out the rest of his career at the Camp Nou.

The 33-year-old has scored 55 goals for the club after making his debut on October 29, 2002 and become one of its most iconic stars. Earlier this summer, Iniesta had sent the Blaugrana's devout fans into a anxious frenzy after publicly admitting that he was having second thoughts about signing a new deal. Following a failed vote of no confidence against the board, uncertainty around Lionel Messi's contract renewal and resignations over the decision to play Sunday's game against Las Palmas in an empty stadium, they needed a PR win. "I know that I'm running against time".

"Together with other bodies from civil society, we want to build bridges with dialogue that contribute to resolving the conflict in a peaceful and consensual fashion".

What exactly is a "lifetime contract"?


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