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Andres Iniesta waiting for better Barcelona contract offer

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Iniesta's contract expires in 2015. (©GettyImages)
Iniesta's contract expires in 2015. (©GettyImages).

Andres Iniesta rejected Barcelona's contract offer in September because he did not believe it reflected his position in world football, claims La Liga expert Guillem Balague.

Iniesta's current deal at the Nou Camp expires in the summer of 2015 and Manchester United were linked with a move for the 29-year-old as his future fell in to doubt.

David Moyes is desperate to sign a midfield playmaker as well as a big name to stamp his mark at Manchester United. He already failed to bring in Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara but is now trying his luck with another Barcelona star.

The doubt came from reports in September that Iniesta rejected Barcelona's contract offer and, two months later, is yet to be offered another one.

But despite being well aware of interest from Old Trafford, the World Cup winner is still in negotiations with Nou Camp officials and is keen to remain with the La Liga champions.

However, he has told Barcelona that he expects to be paid more than Neymar, who is currently on a basic wage of €7m a season. But because Neymar's father is entitled to to receive a commission, Barcelona are in fact paying Neymar €15m, making him their highest paid player above even Lionel Messi.

There is, according to Balague, still a strong chance that Iniesta will stay at the Nou Camp and the player is not ready to listen to offers from Manchester United or any other interested party.

Reportedly, Barcelona are happy to make Iniesta their second highest player behind Messi, who will eclipse Neymar's wage when he signs the deal his representatives are currently discussing with Barcelona officials.

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