Manchester United will not sign Iniesta - Balague

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Manchester United will almost certainly not sign Barcelona's attacking midfielder Andres Iniesta, according to Sky Sports' La Liga expert Guillem Balague.

The Red Devils have been linked with the Spanish World Cup winner, who is reportedly unsettled at the Camp Nou, in recent weeks.

However, Balague - who is the main pundit on Sky Sports' popular Revista de la Liga programme - believes there will only be one outcome.

"Before you get all excited," the Spaniard wrote in his latest column, "I have to tell you that Iniesta is not listening to offers from anybody.

"His agents are aware of interest not only from Manchester United but from every other big club in Europe. It's logical that these kind of rumours come out when he is looking for a new contract but he has not asked for any information on anybody because his priority is to renew his contract with Barcelona.

"Iniesta is confident that is going to happen and Barcelona are very confident it is going to happen and they insist it will take place before Christmas."

Indeed, recent reports claim that Barcelona want everything resolved by next month, allowing Iniesta to concentrate solely on football matters ahead of a crucial second half of the season with both club and country.

The 29-year-old, according to Balague, is waiting for Barcelona to make him the club's second highest-paid player behind Lionel Messi.

But, after starting several matches on the bench after Gerardo Martino arrived to succeed Tito Vilanova in the summer, Iniesta also wants clarification about his role at the club.

"Even though he rejected the first offer from Barcelona both parties are saying they are very close. I just don't see Iniesta going to Manchester United or anywhere else," Balague added.

"I see him renewing his contract, so does Barcelona and so do Iniesta's representatives. It's just going to be a matter of time until he signs."

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