are confident they will agree a deal with Andres Iniesta to extend
his contract before the Christmas break in Spain.
The Catalan outfit have been locked in talks as they bid to
persuade the midfield playmaker to commit his future to the club as
rumors abound that he could leave.
League champions Manchester
United have been linked with Iniesta as they could offer him a
new adventure, but Barcelona believe that they will stave off any
interest from other clubs.
“We are close to agreeing a new contract with Iniesta,” sporting
director Andoni Zubizarreta told Radio Catalunya. “I think it could
happen before Christmas.”
Meanwhile, Zubizarreta has reflected on Barcelona’s search to
find a replacement for the departing Victor Valdes and explained
that the club may look to strengthen their position with more than
Valdes announced that he will leave the Blaugrana at the end of
the current campaign and reports in Spain suggest Borussia
Monchengladbach‘s Marc-Andre ter Stegen is top of their
Zubizarreta added: “I do not want to name names. People talk,
but all they know is that I travelled to Germany, not what I did
“There is a lot to chew over and we cannot rule out signing not
just one, but two goalkeepers.”