Barcelona talisman keen to commit future to the club
Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta says he wants to retire at the club despite entering the final year of his contract, per Sky.
Iniesta, 33, has become a mainstay in the Blaugrana side for a decade, helping them win countless trophies and become possibly the greatest club side of all time.
But the current team is ageing, with Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique also in their 30s now, and new boss Ernesto Valverde is tasked with ushering in a new era.
But the Spaniard, who has previously been less than convincing in his commitment to the cause, says he is only thinking of seeing out his years as a one-club man.
“I have always said I would like to retire at Barcelona,” he said.
“It is the club I have been at since I was 12.
‘I still have years left to play at the highest level so it is too early to decide my future, but Barcelona is where I want to be and hope to be for a long time.”
Seven years to the day since Iniesta's World Cup winner. pic.twitter.com/RtLoEwt9LJ— Robbie Dunne (@robbiejdunne) 11 July 2017
There has been speculation that he could follow in former teammate Xavi Hernandez’s footsteps and end his career abroad. Xavi moved to Qatar in 2015, while Chinese clubs are seemingly keen on Iniesta.