Andres Iniesta Believes He Could Play For Barcelona For 'Two More Years' Despite Interest From China
- Andres Iniesta said he was yet to make a decision regarding his Barcelona future
- The Spaniard insisted he would never go to a club in competition with Barcelona
- Iniesta admitted last month that he was considering a summer move to China
- The 33-year-old said the 2018 World Cup could be his international swansong
Andres Iniesta insists he could remain at Barcelona for two more seasons as the midfielder revealed he has yet to make a decision regarding his future.
Iniesta admitted earlier this month that he was weighing up an offer from a Chinese Super League side, thought to be Tianjin Quanjian.
But the legendary midfielder believes he could yet play two further seasons with the Catalan giants if injuries permit.
Andres Iniesta said last month that he was considering an offer from the Chinese Super League
‘I would not go anywhere to compete against my club, all scenarios that are not competing against Barcelona are possible,’ Iniesta told radio station Cadena Ser.
‘Many things are going round in my head, some with more strength than others. There are a few weeks left where the decision to continue or not is there to be made.
‘It’s one of the most important decisions of my career and I understand that I am at an age where things change and other doors open that are very exciting in many ways.
Iniesta has been at Barcelona since 2002 and signed a lifetime deal with the club in October
‘It will not be a matter of love, it will be about me feeling what I think I am able to contribute. If injuries respect me, I can see myself in the Barcelona XI for the next two years.’
The 33-year-old penned a ‘lifetime contract‘ with Barcelona in October with his previous deal set to expire this coming summer.
The deal, which has no expiry date, allows Iniesta to decide of his own accord when he will stop playing for Barcelona and gives him the opportunity to remain with the club in another capacity when he decides to hang up his boots.
Iniesta, pictured with Dani Parejo, is currently with the Spain squad for two friendly matches
It was the first time Barcelona had handed out a lifetime contract in their 119-year history, with Iniesta having joined the club back in 2002.
‘If I leave, it will be because I can’t give 100 percent as a player and as a person to my club,’ he continued. ‘It will be a difficult decision regardless, but I’m very calm about it and I’m enjoying this year very much.’
Iniesta also admitted this summer’s World Cup in Russia will likely be his last international tournament with Spain.
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