Barcelona star's father hits Manchester United hopes

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Manchester United and Manchester City have had their hopes of a possible move for Barcelona superstar Andre Iniesta dashed.

Iniesta's father has claimed his son fully intends to extend his deal at Camp Nou and is not thinking about leaving the Spanish champions.

Manchester United manager David Moyes and his Manchester City counterpart, Manuel Pellgrini, were reportedly keeping a close eye on the Spain internationals situation, with rumours of a contract dispute circulating.

Iniesta's current deal expires in the summer of 2015 and reports emerged at the weekend that claimed he had rejected the offer of a new deal from Barcelona.

Both Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium officials were linked with an interest in signing the 29-year-old World Cup and European champion.

However, any hopes the Manchester rivals - fresh from a humiliating derby for United, losing 4-1 at City - had of landing Iniesta look to be dashed after the latest comments from his father.

Jose Antonio told radio station 'La Xarxa' that the only thing in Iniesta's mind was agreeing new terms with Barcelona, as he was still happy at the Primera Division champions and that the feeling was definitely mutual.

"Anyone who knows Andrés, who has spent 18 years at Barcelona, shouldn't doubt his words," he is quoted as saying by AS.

"Andrés is still vital to Barcelona's style of play."

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