Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has reiterated his desire to remain in Barcelona for the rest of his playing career while claiming that even Pep Guardiola can’t lure him away.
His current contract is due to expire in the summer of 2018.
The Spanish midfielder remains as a crucial player for manager Luis Enrique despite being 32 years old, having taken the baton of Xavi Hernandez in the middle of the park. Iniesta proved his worth once again during the Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, assisting Ivan Rakitic for the opener following another impressive performance.
The captain left the Nou Camp a little bit disappointed for dropping two points after Angel Correa equalised the game in the second half, leaving Barcelona third in La Liga table, three points behind Real Madrid despite Los Blancos also got a 1-1 draw in their encounter with Villarreal.
The game against Atletico saw Iniesta equalling Carles Puyol’s total of 392 league games with the Barcelona shirt, being now just behind the 505 played with Xavi. Iniesta was happy for reaching that landmark but said that he hopes to add much more in the comings years as his desire is to hang his boots at the Nou Camp.
“I want to finish my career at Barcelona, I have a contract until 2018 and in the meantime I am enjoying the moment. On a personal level I’m finding very well. I have a good feeling and what has to come will come.” Iniesta said to Cope. “We will need to ask the board when is my turn to sign a new deal (as the club are also expecting to renew the likes of Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Marc Andre Ter Stegen). I want to finish my career here.”
Some teammates like Sergio Busquets and Neymar have suggested in recent months that the only man who could lure them out of Barcelona is Guardiola, as the current Manchester City boss left a big mark during his time at the Nou Camp.
But questioned what he would say to the Catalan manager if he calls him to move to Manchester City, Iniesta replied: “I think Guardiola already knows what I think and what I want. My wish is to finish my career at Barcelona. Therefore I train to give my best here and stay here as much as possible.
“I would pick up the phone because he has been my coach and my friend. So there is no problem on that but nothing else. Guardiola was a reference for me, I learned many things under him but for me now the best manager is Luis Enrique because he is my current coach.”