Barcelona have confirmed that Carles Puyol has agreed in principle to a new three-year contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2013.
The Barca captain was expected to feature less this season following the £22.5million arrival of Dmytro Chygrynskiy from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer. But with the Ukrainian currently sidelined with a knee injury, the 31-year-old has missed just two matches all season.
“FC Barcelona and Carles Puyol have reached an agreement in principle to renew the captain’s contract until 2013,” a statement read on the club’s official website.
“Now the new conditions will be drawn up and will be signed in the next few days.
“The coach Pep Guardiola and the footballer himself made the news known to the rest of his team-mates just before the start of training this morning.
“The Barca squad, united in a circle, welcomed it with a resounding ovation and congratulated the captain for the agreement in principle.”