Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets was delighted after signing a new deal that will keep him at the Nou Camp until 2015.
Busquets, 22, has become a regular member of Pep Guardiola’s squad, making 73 La Liga appearances since he broke into the first team in 2008-09.
The Spaniard’s new deal guarantees his future at one of Europe’s most prestigious football clubs and he said he was thrilled to be staying at Barcelona.
“It is a dream to continue my career here,” Busquets said.
“It is very difficult to stay here for a long time, but this is another step. I am very happy. I am very young, so there is still a lot of time. I hope that Xavi and Puyol can continue as well.”
“I am still young and there is a lot to achieve still. I hope that the remaining years on my contract are as good as those that have gone before, full of good news and happiness.”
“I never thought that I would have such a successful time here. All the individual success and titles, which are important. I think I have made the most of things, and I hope that things continue the same or even better.”
After signing on Thursday, Busquets was already turning his attention to Barcelona’s next match, a Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Almeria on
And despite Barca winning the first leg 5-0, Busquets said the job was not done yet.
“The tie isn’t over yet,” he said.
“We did very well at the start of the game, but at 3-0 a goal from them would have made things a bit more difficult.”
“Everything is difficult nowadays, so we deserve credit. We can’t think that every game will be 5-0.”
After arch-rivals Real Madrid won their first-leg clash against Sevilla 1-0, a Copa del Rey final between Spain’s two biggest clubs has become a possibility, but Busquets says it is premature to discuss any potential match-up.
“They are great rivals, but first of all we have to get through to the final. Then we will find out our opponent,” he said.
“There is still a game to go and it would be a lack of respect to Sevilla and Almeria to think otherwise. We have to wait.”
“Obviously, we have to focus on the present in order to keep our chances alive in all three competitions at the end of the season. The only one that is looking closer to finishing is the Cup. In the league, we have to take things day by day.”