Barca confident about Iniesta deal

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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.

Premier

League champions

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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

one keeper.

Valdes announced that he will leave the Blaugrana at the end of

the current campaign and reports in Spain suggest

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Monchengladbach‘s Marc-Andre ter Stegen is top of their

list.

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.

“There is a lot to chew over and we cannot rule out signing not

just one, but two goalkeepers.”