The 29-year-old Mexican defender is on the brink of signing a new deal with FC Barcelona that would keep him at the Catalan club until 2014. The La Liga outfit, which is currently in first place with 41 points, has revealed its plan to lock up several of the club’s stars. Márquez who has been a consistent presence in the backline since arriving via AS Monaco in 2003 appears to be the first to renegotiate. The El Tri captain has been a part of the club’s two La Liga titles and one UEFA Champions League title team when the Catalans won Europe’s top club prize in 2006.
This is welcoming news for fans of both Márquez and El Tri. Just six months ago there was a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the defender as Pep Guardiola took charge at Camp Nou. Many wondered if he would factor into the new manager’s first-team squad, but El Kaiser de Michoacan has been a key member this season for Guardiola. He recorded his 200th match for Barcelona in the SuperClásico and has appeared in 12 of 16 league matches thus far.