The more things change at Barcelona, the more they stay the same.
The Catalan club may be reeling with the news that goalkeeper Victor Valdes wants to seek greener pastures, and there may be some truth to the rumours that David Villa is also tired of life on the Camp Nou bench.
But it is not all bad news for Barca’s contract negotiators, after skipper Carles Puyol inked a new deal with the club.
Legendary, win-at-all-costs defender Puyol signed a contract extension with Barca on Tuesday, which will see him play for the club until 2016.
Puyol is now 34-years-old, and so it likely that his new deal will ensure he sees out the rest of his career at the club he has led in its most glorious era.
"This Tuesday afternoon the Barca captain signed his contract extension that will keep him at the club through June 30 of 2016," a Barca statement read.
"The ceremony was attended by Carles Puyol, his representative, president Sandro Rosell, vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta. The agreement to extend the player's contract was made public on December 18. Puyol's contract was set to expire on June 30 of 2013.
"Puyol, 34 years old, made his debut with the first team in the 1999-2000 season. Since then, first as a wide right defender then as a centre-back, he has become one of the best defenders in the world. He has been the team captain since 2004, he has won - among other titles - three Champions Leagues, five Ligas and two cups and he is the second player in Barca history to play the most games in the blaugrana strip."
In more edifying news for Barca, which will likely come as salve to those fans still hurt by Valdes’ decision to say goodbye, superstars Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi are expected to ink their own new contracts in the coming weeks.