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Iniesta lives Barça dream

Published: Thursday 18 November 2004, 18.47CET
Andrés Iniesta said it was "a dream" to extend his contract at FC Barcelona by four years until June 2010.

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Published: Thursday 18 November 2004, 18.47CET

Iniesta lives Barça dream

Andrés Iniesta said it was "a dream" to extend his contract at FC Barcelona by four years until June 2010.

FC Barcelona's promising midfield player Andrés Iniesta has extended his contract with the Catalan club until June 2010.

Buy-out fee
As well as adding four more years to the 20-year-old's deal, Barça have more than doubled his buy-out fee to €60m to put off potential suitors, including Saturday's opponents Real Madrid CF. "I could not be happier - this is a dream," said Iniesta.

'Mind at ease'
"I have always wanted to stay at this club for a long time and it looks like that will happen," he continued. "The new deal puts my mind at ease. I have gained the confidence of the club, the coach and my team-mates. When you are comfortable at a club there's no need to move."

Spain captain
The captain of Spain's Under-21 side, Iniesta was signed by Barcelona as a 12-year-old having played for Albacete Balompié's cadet team. He made his senior debut in the 4-0 victory against RCD Mallorca in December 2002 and has featured in all four UEFA Champions League games this season.

Last updated: 19/11/04 0.06CET

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