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Laporta certain of Xavi deal
18 Nov 2008 - 17:20:08
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has calmed fears over the future of midfielder Xavi at the Camp Nou, insisting that talks over a new contract will come to a successful conclusion.
The 28-year-old Spain international's current deal runs until the summer of 2010, but talks over an extension have so far failed to reach a resolution.
However, Laporta is certain that an agreement will be reached in the near future.
He told the club's official website: "Our technical secretary, Txiki Begiristain, is updating me regularly on how the negotiations are going and I believe that they are on the right track.
"I also think that things will go well because both parties want Xavi to continue with FC Barcelona.
"For us he is a key player and is an example to every youngster that we have in the youth ranks.
"He is one more example of how Barca promote their players from within and shows that with hard work and determination, anyone can make it into the first-team and become renowned in the game.
"I think that Xavi only has Barca as an option at the moment.
"He knows that we will do everything that we can and perhaps even a little bit more, because we are talking about one of our own youth team products."