Busquets extends Barcelona contract until 2015

Madrid: Midfielder Sergio Busquets has extended his contract with Barcelona by two years until 2015, the La Liga club said on Thursday.

The deal includes an option for a further year depending on how many games the Spain international plays during the 2014-15 season, the club said on their website.

There is also a buyout clause worth 150 million euros (USD 206 million), up from 80 million in his previous deal, they added.

A product of the club`s youth programme, the 22-year-old is an important part of Pep Guardiola`s much-praised team.

His ball-winning skills, distribution and the protection he gives playmaker Xavi also served Spain well at last year`s World Cup in South Africa when they won the trophy for the first time.

"This is the best way to start the year and great news for everyone," Busquets said.

"I am still very young and I hope to have a career filled with successes," he added.

Bureau Report