Iniesta's new deal is great news for Arsenal

Why a new deal agreed between Barcelona and their star midfield maestro could be fantastic news for Arsenal

Barcelona and Spain star Andres Iniesta has agreed terms of three-year contract extension with the Spanish champions to keep the 29-year-old attacking midfielder at the Camp Nou until the summer of 2018.

Iniesta has been linked in recent weeks and months with a potential move to join English champions Manchester United given that his previous deal was due to expire in 18 months time leading to growing speculation over his future.

With Iniesta extending his contract to keep him at Barcelona until he is 34 years of age, his junior Fabregas is likely to continue to feature as cover for both Iniesta and his Spain teammate Xavi who, even at 33, remains one of the greatest players in the world and his current contract runs until 2016.

With the World Cup in Brazil next summer steadfastly approaching, Fabregas’ place in Vicente del Bosque’s national team hangs in the balance, especially given the emergence of youngsters Koke, Thiago Alcantara and Isco coming through to senior level in his position where he already contends for a place with Juan Mata, David Silva and Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla.

It is almost certainly in Fabregas’ best interest to move away from the Camp Nou in search of regular starts in position of higher status as he was at Arsenal for eight years prior to his return to his boyhood club in 2011.

Arsenal still hold the first right of refusal on any transfer deal taking their former skipper away from Catalonia and if an offer comes in for him, his mentor Arsene Wenger will likely find it hard to resist bringing his protégé back to the Emirates.

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