Andres Iniesta has ended every possible speculation regarding his future this Friday.
The veteran playmaker said weeks ago that he was “considering his future”, and that fueled a potential departure from FC Barcelona in the coming transfer window. However, that is no longer a reality. This Friday, the Liga giants have confirmed they reached a deal with the 33-year-old midfielder to keep him at the club “until he retires.”
“Barcelona and Andres Iniesta have reached an agreement over a lifetime contract in a deal that will keep him at the club for the rest of his career,” a statement read.
Iniesta’s contract was due to expire next summer, and there would not have been short demand for his services had he became a free agent. In fact, Juventus went ahead and even tried to start contact negotiations with Iniesta, but talks did not progress.
Iniesta joined Barcelona as a 12-year-old and has gone on to make nearly 650 first-team appearances — only Xavi Hernandez has played more games for the club. And as if that was not enough, he has also been Barca’s captain since Xavi left in 2015.
There is no question Iniesta is an important player not only in Barcelona’s current squad, but also in the team’s history. And letting him go would have been a huge mistake. He is one of the legends in the club, and now he will retire at Barca as long as he plays out his entire deal.