Andres Iniesta has rubbished any possibility of leaving Barcelona in response to rumours that suggested he had declined a contract extension with the club.
Manchester United and City were two clubs linked with a move for the midfielder but he has unsurprisingly quashed any thoughts of a potential move away from the Nou Camp where he has spent his whole career.
“There is nothing strange or any war going on between Barca and Iniesta,” he was quoted as saying in The Express.
“The club wants me here and I want to stay here.
“I have said many times that my aim is to retire here and the club wants the same. We all want to reach an agreement.
“This has nothing to do with money or whether I am the second, third, fourth or fifth best paid player.
“What motivates me is knowing that I have some good years ahead in which I can keep improving and growing as a player.”
Like Scholes and Giggs, Iniesta is a player who would never consider a move away from his boyhood club no matter how much money he is offered.
This summer, United were linked with a move for Thiago Alcantara and had official bids rejected for Cesc Fabregas, a move which was never going to materialise much like Iniesta moving to Old Trafford.
United’s failed attempts to sign Herrera and Fabregas during the summer mean that we will be linked with a host of other midfielders until the time comes when David Moyes actually buys a creative midfielder.
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