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Xavi Hernandez has signed a new contract tying him to Barcelona until 2016.

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The Catalan club confirmed on Monday afternoon that the two year extension, agreed late last year with the player's agents, had been signed by the midfielder and Barca president Sandro Rosell.

"Xavi Hernandez will wear azulgrana until June 30 2016, after this afternoon signing the extension of his contract with FC Barcelona," a club statement said. "The midfielder from Terrassa, who last Friday turned 33 years old, extends for two more years the deal which was to finish on June 30 2014."

Also present at Monday afternoon's signing ceremony were Barca sporting vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.

World Cup and double European Championship winner Xavi made his Barcelona debut in October 1998 and has since made a club record more than 650 competitive first-team appearances, winning 20 senior trophies (two World Club Cups, three Champions Leagues, two European Supercups, six La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey and five Spanish Supercups).

Xavi's team-mates Carles Puyol and Lionel Messi have also agreed long term deals recently. Puyol signed his extension until 2016 last week, while Messi is expected to complete the formalities on a new contract running until 2018 in the coming weeks.

Contract negotiations with Victor Valdes have proved less fruitful. The Barca goalkeeper's agent, Gines Carvajal, announced in mid-January that his client would not be extending his current deal, which ends in less than 18 months time.

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