Originally written January 22, 2013 on Fox Soccer:
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Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has signed his contract extension at the club, extending his stay until 2016. Barca announced before Christmas that Puyol, along with Lionel Messi and Xavi, had committed their long-term futures to the club and 34-year-old defender has put pen to paper on a deal which ties him to the Nou Camp until June 2016. The Spain international came up through the youth ranks at Barca before making his first-team debut during the 1999/00 season and then becoming club captain in 2004. During his time at the Nou Camp, Puyol has helped Barca win a host of trophies, including five Primera Division titles, three Champions Leagues, two FIFA Club World Cups and two Copa del Rey crowns. Cole's previous deal was set to expire at the end of the season and at one stage he was expected to leave Stamford Bridge. However the 32-year-old, linked with Real Madrid and Paris St Germain recently, has agreed fresh terms at the club he joined from Arsenal in 2006. Cole said ...
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