Prieto agrees new Real Sociedad deal

Long-serving captain Xabi Prieto has agreed a four-year contract extension with Real Sociedad.

The 28-year-old midfielder, who came up through the youth ranks at Sociedad and has made over 250 first-team appearances for his home-town club, is now committed to the Basque outfit until 2017.

A statement on the Sociedad website read: "Real Sociedad and Xabi Prieto have reached an agreement to renew his contract. The new agreement is for four years and means the midfielder will be tied to Real Sociedad until June 30, 2017."

Prieto told his club’s website: "Of course I would like to retire at Real and today I have taken a step further towards that dream."

The news is another boost for Sociedad, who have dragged themselves off the foot of the Primera Division and out of the relegation zone with an unbeaten five-match run – having picked up one point from a possible 21 previously.