Sergio Busquets and Barcelona Agree on Contract Extension

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2013

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 03: Sergio Busquets of Barcelona controls the ball during the La Liga match between Valencia and Barcelona Estadio Mestalla on February 3, 2013 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Sergio Busquets has agreed a contract extension that will see him stay at the Camp Nou until 2018. As confirmed by the official Barcelona website, the defensive midfielder’s buyout clause remains at 150 million and ensures he will represent the famous Catalan club until at least June 30 of the 2017/18 season.

The 25-year-old Spaniard—who made his La Liga bow on 13 September 2008—has maintained his worth across five years of strong performances for both Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova. While names such as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi grab greater headlines during the era of Barcelona dominance, Busquets continues to fulfill a vital role in maintaining possession and breaking down play.

To date, Barcelona's resident stroller has four La Liga championships to his name. Alongside this, he has won the Copa Del Rey on three occasions, Spanish Super Cup four times, Champions League twice, UEFA Super Cup twice and FIFA World Club Cup twice.

Busquets' ability allows him to oust considerable talent—such as Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez—out of the Spain squad and has helped his nation to their first World Cup win, as well as European Championship glory in 2012.

The player's deal refreshes a contract agreement that was last signed in 2011. Busquests has racked up 238 first-team appearances since working his way through Barcelona's youth ranks and is all set to help Vilanova's men retain the domestic title against Carlo Ancellotti's Real Madrid side.

To put the cherry on top of Busquets' new deal, Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta revealed the agreement on July 16, the player's birthday.