Manchester United: Five reasons why Iniesta will sign

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Andres Iniesta is stalling over signing a contract renewal at Barcelona, and there is a real feeling that the Spanish superstar is considering his future at the Camp Nou.

Although we all expected Iniesta to spend his entire career with the Catalan giants, circumstances do change, and perhaps the 29-year-old will fancy a move to Premier League champions Manchester United at the end of the season.

Here are five reasons why he might switch the Camp Nou for Old Trafford?

1. Barcelona allowed Emili Ricart to leave

Barcelona's decision not to renew the contact of respected physiotherapist Emili Ricart hasn't gone down well with Iniesta - and if you look back to 2010, it's easy to understand why.

When it looked certain that Iniesta, who at this point was at his lowest ebb, would miss the World Cup in South Africa because of injury, it was Ricart who picked up his spirits and inspired him to make a full recovery by making a DVD featuring the midfield star's three favourite sportsmen.

It showed clips of Roger Federer, Fernando Alonso and Spanish water-polo star Manuel Estiart at their best and worst - and Iniesta watched it every night before and during the World Cup.

The rest is history. Iniesta scored the winning goal in the World Cup final in Johannesburg to cement his status in Spanish folklore.

Needless to say, Iniesta was not impressed by Barcelona's decision to simply watch Ricart leave.

2. Victor Valdes is leaving

Iniesta considers Victor Valdes as one of his best friends in football - but his close pal has made the difficult decision to leave the Camp Nou at the end of the season.

Of course, that doesn't necessary mean that he too wants out, but it certainly makes his departure a little more likely.

3. Does Tata Martino prefer Neymar & Fabregas?

In a couple of matches this season, Barcelona's new coach Tata Martino has left Iniesta on the bench in favour of either Cesc Fabregas or summer signing Neymar.

Iniesta is not yet at the age where he needs to be rested every other week; he's also far too good a player for that.

Martino may want to keep Iniesta fresh for the final, crucial, months of the campaign - but the 29-year-old should still be playing week-in, week-out like Lionel Messi.

4. Chance to test himself in the Premier League

Iniesta might be tempted by the chance to test himself in the Premier League and the opportunity to experience a new culture.

The Spaniard has been with Barcelona since he was a boy, and he regards the club and his teammates as family, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't dream of moving to England one day.

Just look at Pep Guardiola - a man who is Barcelona through and through - he wanted to play in the Premier League during his playing career and now hopes to coach there in the future after failing to realise that particular dream.

Iniesta may hold similar feelings.

5. Manchester United want to sign him

Players like to feel wanted - and Manchester United would love to sign Iniesta, if reports are to be believed.

Then again, which club wouldn't love to sign the gifted playmaker?

Iniesta would receive a hero's welcome at Old Trafford, and he could inspire a new golden era in the club's history with his extraordinary ability.

David Moyes would build the team around him - you'd hope, anyway - which would probably make a nice change for Iniesta, who has been playing in a team based around Messi for the past six years.

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