Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has urged manager Pep Guardiola to stay with the club and sign another contract.

 

Guardiola’s current deal expires at the end of the season and he has been linked with a move to Premier League side Arsenal if Arsene Wenger leaves his current post at Emirates Stadium.

 

The former Barca captain watched his side demolish Valencia 5-1 in La Liga last night, but he has been coy when questioned over signing a new deal – he currently has a one-year rolling contract – and Iniesta hopes the Nou Camp tactician decides to remain with the Blaugrana.

 

“I hope that he renews and that he stays with us for a long time,” Iniesta told Barcelona's official website.

 

“He has to decide and he knows that the team wants him to stay. That's everyone's wish.

 

“To me, Guardiola seems enthusiastic. We have a lot of beautiful things still yet to see.”

 

Guardiola has won 13 trophies since he took over at the Catalan club in 2008, but he has always been introverted when it comes to the question of his long-term future.

 

His decision could also be influenced by the fact that his side trail fierce rivals Real Madrid by ten points in the Premiera Liga.

 

Whatever he decides, Barca are not about to rush Guardiola into making a decision and are willing to wait for him to come to a decision in his own time.

 

“We understand everything. If Pep takes time to give us an answer, he will,” said the clubs’ sporting director, legendary Spain goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta.

 

“He has the confidence of the club. He asked for time and that is not a problem. We have no deadline, and nor would we set one as he has our confidence.”

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