Messi, Xavi and Puyol pledge future to Barcelona with long term contracts
Barcelona board can sleep with ease tonight having learnt that their star players Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol desire to extend their contracts with the club. Reports have confirmed that Barcelona’s crown jewel Lionel Messi has inked a contract that will keep the 25-yearold at Barcelona till 2018.
Moreover, Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol have also agreed to put their signatures on an extension contract from Barcelona. The 32-year-old attacking midfielder, Xavi Hernandez is in the process of signing up for a two-year extension on his current contract with the Catalan giants. Veteran at 34, Carles Puyol intends to add three more years to present contract.
Lionel Messi’s new contract means the Argentine football prodigy will celebrate his 31st birthday with Barcelona. A report on Barcelona’s official website on Tuesday morning confirmed that Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol would soon commit their futures to Blaugrana cause once again.
“FC Barcelona can announce that it has reached agreements with Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez and Leo Messi for the renewal of their respective contracts," the official statement read. "This news means that FC Barcelona has secured its ties with three of its most important players. Over the course of the next few weeks, Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez and Leo Messi will all be signing their respective new contracts,” the report on Barcelona’s official website read.
Earlier this week Carles Puyol revealed he would like to play for Barcelona till he turns 40. The Spain international told reporters that he would like to serve his beloved club as long as he remained physically capable of performing and continued to enjoy playing.
“I want to continue playing, but I do not want to be a passenger,” Carles Puyol announced on Monday. “The moment I do not feel okay, I will stop, regardless of my contract.”
Carles Puyol revealed that he had sidelined his contract negotiations in order to concentrate regaining full fitness. The stalwart defender has suffered a string of injuries in recent months which have kept him more on the bench than on the field.
“I was concentrating on getting back to fitness,” Carles Puyol said. “It was a difficult time, but you have to learn from these experiences and they make you stronger. I feel fine now. The moment I stop enjoying it, I will stop playing.”