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Lionel Messi signs new Barcelona contract

Lionel Messi has signed a contract extension until 2021. Credit: PA

Lionel Messi has signed a new deal with Barcelona through to the summer of 2021.

A renewal was agreed between player and club in July but it is only now that Messi has put pen to paper on the contract.

Announcing the deal, the LaLiga club added that the Argentina forward has had a £626million buy-out clause inserted into his contract.

That means, in all likelihood, the 30-year-old will finish his career at the Nou Camp and not, as has been reported for some time, move to Manchester City.

Barcelona's Iniesta signs first-ever 'lifetime contract'

Andres Iniesta has been with Barcelona for his entire career. Credit: PA

Andres Iniesta has signed a "lifetime contract" with Barcelona, the club have announced.

Barcelona said the 33-year-old midfielder had penned a deal which will keep him at the Nou Camp for the rest of his career, although did not specify exactly how many years it would run.

A club statement read: "Andres Iniesta signed a lifetime contract with FC Barcelona on Friday, in a deal that will keep him at the club for the rest of his career."

Iniesta has made 639 appearances for Barcelona since making his debut 15 years ago, second only to his former team-mate Xavi in the list of the club's all-time appearance makers.

He has been at the club since 1996, having joined their famed youth set-up at La Masia at the age of 12.

The Spain international has won eight LaLiga titles and four Champions League crowns with the Catalan giants and has captained the side since 2015.

Iniesta is due to address the media alongside Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu from midday.


Spanish court suspends professional football strike

Barcelona could win the Spanish La Liga title this weekend. Credit: PA

A Spanish court has suspended the planned strike which threatened to sabotage Spanish domestic football this weekend.

The Spanish Football League (LFP) presented a lawsuit against the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Spanish professional footballers' union (AFE) over their plans to halt football from Saturday onwards over a dispute regarding government interference in the league's television rights.

The matches are now scheduled to go ahead as normal following today's ruling.

Flores leaves Getafe after less than two months

Quique Sanchez Flores has stepped down as coach of Getafe after less than two months in charge of the Primera Division outfit.

The 49-year-old tactician made the surprise announcement at a press conference in Madrid on Thursday.

Sanchez Flores told the Spanish media: "I would like to announce today my decision to resign as coach of Getafe.

"This is a personal decision, a product of a vital reflection in order not to repeat situations that in the past did not make me happy."

Wang Jianlin agrees to buy 20% stake in Atletico

Wang Jianlin is buying a 20% share in Atletico. Credit: Reuters

Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin has agreed to buy a 20 percent stake in La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, Spanish media reported on Monday.

The deal with Wang, who controls China's Dalian Wanda Group and has long been involved in soccer, will be announced in Beijing on Wednesday, according to the reports in sports dailies Marca and As, which estimated the deal to be worth £30.65m.

Neither newspaper identified the source of their information. Wanda have called a news conference for Wednesday. They did not provide further details.

Atletico has declined on more than one occasion to comment on the speculation when contacted by Reuters.

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