Andres Iniesta has hinted at leaving Barcelona at the end of the season. However, Ernesto Valverde chooses to remain tight-lipped ahead of an expected announcement of the midfielder to China.
According to Diario AS which claimed that Iniesta’s move to China Super League is a confirmed deal and the midfielder expected to announce his departure from Barcelona after this weekend’s Copa del Rey final. But Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde chooses to stay silent says Andres Iniesta’s future is not yet decided.
The 33-year-old midfielder has been crucial to Barcelona and is soon going to put an end to a 17-year long stay at Camp Nou and has been an integral part of eight LaLiga titles, five Copas del Rey and four Champions League crown. Barcelona is believed to be negotiating deals with clubs from China.
When asked about where he had made his decision over leaving Barcelona, Iniesta responded: “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, because LaLiga means a huge amount.”
Valverde said he doesn’t want to think ahead of time about the midfielder’s move, at a media conference ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Celta Vigo; “Talking about a possible farewell for Andres Iniesta – it’s not certain yet, Others may leave but I don’t know what will happen – and who am I to say? He is the one who has to decide and I do not want to get ahead of myself and speculate.”
Andres Iniesta has proved the crucial role he plays in Barcelona’s midfield since he made his debut in 2002. He had admitted in the past saying he will choose to leave the club if he’s not able to give his hundred percent. If rumors are true his departure will leave a big hole in Barcelona’s midfield and the Catalans might never fully replace the magician.