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Carles Puyol inks new Barcelona deal

Barcelona's captain Carles Puyol
Carles Puyol will extend his Barcelona tenure after signing a new three-year contract.
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP)

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Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has signed his contract extension with the Catalan giants.

Barca announced before Christmas that Puyol, along with Lionel Messi and Xavi, had committed their long-term futures to the club and 34-year-old defender has put pen to paper on a deal which ties him to the Nou Camp until June 2016.

The Spain international came up through the youth ranks at Barca before making his first-team debut during the 1999/00 season and then becoming club captain in 2004.

During his time at the Nou Camp, Puyol has helped Barca win a host of trophies, including five Primera Division titles, three Champions Leagues, two FIFA Club World Cups and two Copa del Rey crowns.

The 34-year-old Spain international says ''I am very happy - my plan was to stay on here for as many years as I could.''

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