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Marquez signs new deal

Marquez signs new deal
By Eurosport

28/06/2006 at 00:53Updated

Barcelona's Mexico defender Rafael Marquez signed a contract extension with the European and Spanish champions on Tuesday, which will keep him with the club until 2010.

He told the club website: "My priority was always Barcelona. I have believed in this project from the very beginning. It was tough at first but the last two years have been excellent."

The buy-out clause on his contract has been set at 100 million euros.

Marquez joins eight other players who have had their contracts set until 2010: Xavi, Carles Puyol, Victor Valdes, Andres Iniesta, Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto'o, Deco and Lionel Messi.

The 27-year-old centre back, who can also play in midfield, joined Barca from Monaco in 2003 and has been a stalwart at the back in Frank Rijkaard's side.

Mexico were knocked out of the World Cup by Argentina 2-1 after extra-time in the last 16 on Saturday.

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