Xavi Hernandez to stay with Barça though June 2016

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 10:51

Barcelona: Midfielder Xavi Hernandez has signed a contract extension that will keep him with FC Barcelona through June 2016, the club said Monday.

The 33-year-old has been with Barça since the start of his professional career, appearing in a record 659 official matches for the club.

Hernandez signed the two-year extension in the presence of club President Sandro Rosell, Vice President Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta.

"This is a special day because it means I`ll spend more years at Barça, this is where I want to be," Xavi said. "My first choice was always to stay here. The club has made an effort and I am grateful."

Hernandez declined to speculate about how long he will remain with the Catalan club.

"I know how demanding it is but I`d like to stay many more years," he said. "There are many players that are able to play in my position and they`ve shown that they can do it."

"Barça will continue to perform when I`m not around," he said.

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First Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 10:52

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