Barcelona Squad Must “Convince Iniesta to Stay”, Claims ter Stegen


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He may not be sure where his future lies but Andres Iniesta can be sure that his Barcelona team-mates want him to stay.

The Camp Nou made sure the 33-year-old knew they hold him dear to their hearts with rapturous applause as he entered the fray as a second-half substitute during the 2 – 0 win over Athletic Bilbao at the weekend.

Post-match, Marc ter Stegen told Sky Sports that “everyone hopes he stays at Barca because he’s a great person.”

Iniesta must decide before the end of the season whether he is staying in the Catalan capital and there is plenty of love from those who know him.

Blaugrana coach Ernesto Valverde “For now, all we can do is wait and see what he decides to do. We know what he gives us, and we would all like to have Iniesta around forever.”

The club itself offered him a ‘job of life’ such has been the magnificence of his service for more than two decades.

Iniesta has offers from the Chinese Super League and the Middle East to consider as he enters the twilight years of his career.

ter Stegen offered an insight into his standing in their eyes. “We know that we have to keep going as a team until the end of the season,” the German said. “We need him right now and for many more years.”