Andres Iniesta and FC Barcelona are busy posturing for the renewal of the player’s contract. There’s still no agreement, but it appears that there are no major problems in the way of Iniesta renewing his contract. The Catalan club is aware of the player’s importance and so the idea is to pay him a wage according to his status.
Iniesta will become the second highest-paid player in the squad, just behind Lionel Messi. His salary will be superior to that of Neymar , but without the signing on bonus that Barcelona gave to the Brazilian’s father’s company. Iniesta’s salary will exceed that of other players like Xavi and Puyol.
Andrés Iniesta will be earning around 12M euros per season plus add-ons that could push his salary up to 15M or 16M euros. Both sides are still negotiating.
The midfielder is under contract until 2018 and this will mean that he will probably retire at Barca. He arrived at La Masia at the age of 13 and if he sees out his contract, he’ll end his days with Barca at the age of 34 if he doesn’t renew afterwards. That means Iniesta would have worn the Barca shirt for over 20 years.
Barcelona’s top brass wants to take care of the club’s key components. At the end of last season, the contracts of Xavi and Puyol were renewed until 2016 with Leo Messi signing until 2018.
Last week Sergio Busquets signed his renewal until 2018. The club is fully aware of the importance of the midfield so they generously extended his contract and will earn 7M euros per season plus add-ons.
Piqué to be next
Next to sign will be Gerard Pique who has already had preliminary conversations to improve on his current contract. The club also wants to bind him until 2018 , which would make the defender 31 years of age.
With no hope of a change of opinion is keeper Victor Valdés. The club was willing to offer a contract renewal with a high salary also until 2018. However, the goalkeeper has already said he wants to leave the Catalan club at the end of this season. The club would be willing to wait for a replacement for Valdés, but the board are pessimistic and are already looking for a replacement in the European market.