Iniesta expects to decide future in 10 days

Heather Diaz
May 12, 2018

Villareal presented Barcelona midfield maestro, Andres Iniesta with a unique parting gift on Wednesday night before their La Liga game.

Iniesta, who scored the winning goal for Spain in the 2010 World Cup final against the Netherlands, tearfully announced last month he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season after 22 years with the Spanish glamour club.

Iniesta has prospered under the likes of Pep Guardiola, Frank Rijkaard, Luis Enrique and Ernesto Valverde - but it is the man who gave him his professional debut who he regards as the most important.

'If he does end up joining Barcelona, he would be a great signing'. And when asked about former Barcelona and Manchester United boss Van Gaal, Iniesta replied with "my most important manager". Ahead of his departure, the Spaniard was asked by Mundo Deportivo to describe a number of former team-mates and coaches in a sentence.

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He won four Champions League titles, eight La Liga's, six Copa Del Rey and seven Supercopa de Espana titles in his 16-year reign at the Camp Nou. The attacker had 125 caps for the Spanish national team and will be representing his country for the last time at the World Cup this summer.

J-League side Vissel Kobe's head of player development Atsuhiro Miura, however, has denied that Iniesta had agreed to join the Japanese team owned by Barcelona's sponsor Rakuten, leaving room for Australian clubs to make a move.

Iniesta's words, however, did not dampen the enthusiasm in Australia, with Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop confirming that a number of A-League clubs have expressed interest in signing the World Cup victor.

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