'Iniesta will sign contract soon'

Andres Iniesta

Barcelona's vice-president has insisted that the midfielder will tie himself to Camp Nou.

Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has dispelled concerns over delays in Andres Iniesta renewing his contract at the club.

The player is widely believed to have turned down the Catalan side’s initial offer to extend his current deal.

Whilst the midfielder has commented publicly that the delay in talks is not about money and that his intention is to renew, the Barca board member has looked to make clear that a deal is imminent, with the Spain international set to become ‘one of the best paid players’.

“This is not the last renewal of Iniesta,” Bartomeu assured Barca TV.

“Iniesta will renew, yes. Negotiations are underway and the two sides have the will to reach an agreement.

“The duration of the contract we will sign him to will be the maximum length allowed by law [five years].

“Iniesta will be one of the highest paid because he is the best player in Europe.”

Bartomeu was also asked of the club’s plans to perhaps dip into the January transfer market for a striker.

“There is no plan B to sign a striker unless there is the misfortune of a long-term injury.”

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