Marquez: I Want To Finish My Career At Barcelona

The Mexican defender says he's willing to sign a new deal.
Barcelona centre half Rafael Marquez has indicated that he will put pen to paper soon on a contract renewal at Camp Nou after saying that he intended to finish his career with the Catalan giants.

The 30-year-old joined Barcelona from Ligue 1 side Monaco in 2003 and has played over 200 times for the Blaugrana, capturing ten trophies in just six years.

 His current deal is set to expire in June 2010 and outgoing president Joan Laporta has identified his renewal and that of club captain Carles Puyol as priority matters to resolve before the end of the year.

Both players were reported to be stalling on new deals as they considered their options but Marquez's comments suggest he is ready to sign an extension which would see him remain at Barca until the summer of 2012.

"I am entirely willing to settle the matter. My idea is to finish my career at Barca. I am proud to be at a club that is more than a club," he said to Sport, referring to the Barca motto 'mes que un club'.

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