Puyol agrees to stay with Barcelona until 2013

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has agreed to stay with the European champions until 2013.

The Spanish team made the announcement Friday on its Web site.

Puyol’s current contract was due to run out in June. Spanish news reports say Premier League teams had been interested in him.

The 31-year-old Puyol and coach Pep Guardiola announced the agreement to the rest of the team before a training session.

The new contract is expected to be signed in the next few days.