Puyol poised to sign new deal: I want to finish my career at Barcelona

The centre-back is feeling good again after missing Euro 2012 as he recovered from a knee operation and wants to put pen to paper on a new contract as soon as possible
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is confident of imminently agreeing a contract extension with the club, admitting that he is intent on finishing his career at Camp Nou.

The veteran defender has just been given the all-clear to return to action after the knee operation that ruled him out of Euro 2012 and his goal now is to resolve the current uncertainty surrounding his Blaugrana future.

"I will try to finish my career here," he told reporters on Tuesday. "I have the desire and the enthusiasm to keep playing and if the club wants me to stay here, I will continue.

"I have always been highly valued by the club and the fans, so there is no problem concerning my renewal in that regard and I don't think it will be a very complicated process."

Puyol admitted that after being forced to sit out his country's summer success in Poland and Ukraine, he cannot wait to get back on the field, though he was unable to specify when exactly that will be.

"I feel good and I trained hard," he explained. "I'm happy that I have been cleared [to return to training].

"I will try to do as much as possible with the squad and then we'll see what happens. For now, what I have to do is get well physically and then wait and see how the knee responds."

Puyol, who has 99 Spain caps to his name, came through the youth team ranks at Barcelona and has been captain since 2004.