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'Barcelona will be in my heart forever' says Inistea

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

Andres Iniesta praised the club and fans as he bid an emotional farewell to Barcelona after 22 years at the Nou Camp.

LaLiga champions Barca claimed a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad and it was a fitting finale for the 34-year-old, who lifted the trophy for a ninth time.

Addressing supporters on the pitch after the final whistle, Iniesta said he "leaves as a man", having spent so long playing for the Catalan giants.

"I will move on and carry you all in my heart forever," he said in quotes published on Marca.

"It's been a wonderful 22 years, full of pride, and it's been a pleasure to represent this club.

"I thank you for all the love and respect that you've given me since I arrived as a child, I now leave as a man."

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde felt it was only right to give the midfielder the send-off he deserved by replacing him late in the game with Paco Alcacer.

"We wanted to compete and win, but today was Andres' day and the crowd made it special," Valverde told Barca TV.

"I wanted to change things at the end of the game, to coincide with Leo (Messi) on the field. It was the right moment.

"These types of players will be talked about long into the future.

"They are unrepeatable, historical players that everyone will remember."

Iniesta to leave Barcelona at the end of the season

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

Andres Iniesta has announced he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season.

The Spain international, 33, came through the youth system with the club and turned professional in 2001.

He has enjoyed a glittering career for club and country, and said today: "This is my last season here."

Iniesta's emotional press conference was witnessed by a number of members of the Barca first team.

He has won eight LaLiga titles with the club and four Champions Leagues, and scored the only goal as Spain beat Holland to win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

"I want to thank my team-mates," he said.

Iniesta has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League when his time at Barcelona ends.

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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.

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