Barcelona and Spanish international midfielder Andres Iniesta has hailed Louis Van Gaal as: "special," suggesting that perhaps the 30-year old is considering a new challenge and Manchester United could very well be part of his plans, according to the Independent.
The brilliant midfielder is one of several Catalan stars alongside, Xavi and Dani Alves that are considering their futures at the club, following the arrival new coach Luis Enrique at the Camp Nou.
Future up in the air
Iniesta has only ever known one club and was part of the Barcelona B team during Van Gaal's first spell in charge at the Camp Nou from 1997-2000.
Despite the play-maker only making his first team debut almost two years after the Dutchman left, Iniesta insisted Van Gaal had a profound effect on his career.
Van Gaal special
Iniesta told BarcaTV: "Yes. He already commands respect when you are a veteran, so imagine when you have just entered the team and you are young.
"But the truth is I have a special memory of him, because he is someone very important to me and if there was something he cared about was supporting the young players from the reserves."
Read into this as you may, however with Iniesta still undecided on his future, Manchester United, and in particular Van Gaal would have done well if they at least got on the phone to the players agent and tempted him into a new challenge.
Enrique might be looking at wholesale changes to his squad following a season of no silverware and Spain might have endured a disastrous defence of their World Cup crown however Iniesta was certainly not to blame and at 30-years of age he still has plenty to offer.
What decision Iniesta makes going forward remains anybodies guess however it does appear that he still has a future with the Catalan club considering Pedro and Xavi remain part of their plans according to Sporting Director, Andoni Zubizarreta.
Still got plenty to offer
No mention of Iniesta
Comments made by Andoni Zubizarreta, as reported by the Marca, in reference to Xavi and Pedro, would lead one to assume Iniesta falls into the same category.
"If Xavi stays with Barça than we'd be delighted, because he'd give us everything he's got. If we see that other paths open up, then we'd also entertain those discussions",
"We're talking about Xavi Hernández, a symbol, a key cog in the best we've ever played. We're not talking about just any player. The conversation needs to be honest and transparent", he insisted.
He was more definitive about Pedro Rodríguez: "I'm categorically saying that he's not transferable". And said the same about Adriano: "We're not negotiating anything, absolutely nothing, zero".
Oddly enough there was no mention about Iniesta?