Guardiola Planning Summer Barcelona Raid, But Not For Messi
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is reportedly interested in bringing Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta to the Etihad stadium.
Iniesta, who has played at the Catalan club his entire life, has seen his playing time limited this season as a result of injuries and coach Luis Enrique’s tactics, and could be interested in looking at a move abroad.
The Spanish midfielder, who has won four Champions League titles, eight La Liga crowns and four Copa del Reys with the Blaugrana, has made only eight starts in the league this season.
With the coach changing the team’s formation to a 3-4-3 to help them combat problems in midfield and defence, Iniesta’s continued role has been under question.
Apart from the issues on the field, the man from Albacete has only one season more to go on his contract with the club and is working to extend his stay.
However, the offer extended by the Barcelona management has reportedly come quite late, as per Diario Gol, as reported by Express, and the player and his representatives were not very impressed by that.
As someone who came through the club’s famed academy, La Masia, Iniesta wants to finish his career by being one of the last one-club men.
If he chooses to move to Manchester City, he will work again under Pep Guardiola, the man who took the Catalan giants to three league titles and two Champions League crowns in a four-year spell.
It is reported that he could be offered a two-year deal by the Citizens and that they will allow him to move to New York City FC, their feeder club in Major League Soccer, at the end of the two years.
Though he has an offer from Barcelona to consider, it remains to be seen what Andres Iniesta chooses.
Plenty of tough decisions are due to be made at Barcelona in the upcoming summer, although any questions over Andres Iniesta’s future had hoped to be quick and easy to answer, a factor thrown into doubt by the midfielder’s reduced game time this season.
Sure enough, injuries have played their part as Luis Enrique also looks to protect his star playmaker in the busy fixture schedule, but the fact that Denis Suarez and Rafinha have earned more minutes so far in 2016/17 hasn’t gone unnoticed.
It is considered taken for granted that Iniesta will sign the latest contract renewal offered by the Catalan club, although a recent statement at a sponsorship event that he wouldn’t ‘sign for the sake of it’ has raised eyebrows.
The next coach in the Barca dugout can play a big role in hastening Iniesta’s renewal, although the club expect nothing other than total commitment to the club captain’s continuation as the next generation find their feet.
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