Iniesta: Guardiola knows what I want

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The 32-year-old is steadfast in his desire to end his playing career at Camp Nou, even if he acknowledged it might not be up to him.


Andres Iniesta has declared that not even Pep Guardiola could tempt him away from retiring at Barcelona, confirming he wishes to end his career at Camp Nou.

The attacking midfielder has a contract with the Catalans until June 2018 and is keen to sign a renewal that will take him all the way to the date he hangs up his boots.

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Barcelona have yet to open talks with Iniesta, though, and he has acknowledged it is out of his hands whether he will hang up his boots at the Spanish champions.

Nevertheless, the veteran – who set a new assist record in La Liga on Wednesday – claims not even ex-Barca boss and current Manchester City manager Guardiola could alter his mind.

“Guardiola knows what I think, what I want, and my desire is ending my career here, like I’ve said many times,” the 32-year-old told Cadena COPE.

“I’m very clear about what I say and what I think, everybody knows it.

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“I would love to end my career at Barcelona. I have a contract until 2018. We will have to ask the directors whether they want to extend my contract.

“But I can only repeat that I want to retire at Barcelona.”

Iniesta came through the ranks of the Barcelona youth academy and has made close to 600 appearances in all competitions for the Catalans since making his official debut in 2002-03.

He has won eight La Liga titles during his time at Camp Nou, while also lifting the Champions League on four occasions.

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