Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has revealed his future after Barcelona beat Valencia 2-1 to set a La Liga record of 39 games unbeaten.
While their defeat at the hands of AS Roma has been widely talked about, Barcelona have managed to stay unbeaten in the La Liga and in the process have set a brand new record. The Catalan giants walked into the game, level with Real Sociedad’s legendary side who had the previous record at 38 games between 1979 and 1980.
However, now thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti Barcelona now hold the record at 39 games. The Catalan giants have been in fine form but still see their future in trouble with the aging legs of Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez and even Lionel Messi combined with Samuel Umtiti’s uncertain future, need to make changes in the summer. But the club have given Andres Iniesta a life-time contract but persistent rumors have linked the 2010 World Cup winner with a move away.
The irreplaceable Andres Iniesta needs a replacement with the veteran playmaker on his way out of the club. The 33 year old has been a mainstay in the Barcelona side since his debut for the club and while Barcelona did spend heavily on both Philippe Coutinho and Arthur Melo, the club is looking for replacements.
But in a post-match interview after the record victory, Iniesta went on to tease the world about his future. “I’ve already decided what I’m going to do,” he went on to say. “I’ve always had affection from the fans, I’m grateful to them, who’ve been there for more than 20 years. Their support has been essential for winning.
When I have to give my opinion, the club will know it and then everyone else will find out. Right now, I’m happy with the game today, because LaLiga means a huge amount. The disappointments and the things we’ve done badly, they hurt. The things we do well are there to be enjoyed. We have two roads: to grieve, or to go through mourning and move forwards.”
Andres Iniesta has been nothing short of brilliant at and for Barcelona, which is exactly why they handed the 33-year-old a lifetime contract. However, with Barcelona itching towards yet another La Liga title, there is a small chance that Andres Iniesta could leave. But, retiring at Camp Nou would be even better especially given the fact that he would be regarded as a legend in Catalonia.
However, that would mean a rather miserable end to a spectacular career given that next season Arthur Melo would arrive and with Philippe Coutinho already in the club, Barcelona have the talent and the class to replace an irreplaceable player.