Andres Iniesta reveals one reason why he would leave Barcelona for Manchester City

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Andres Iniesta is quickly becoming a rare breed of player in world football - someone who has shown the loyalty to commit his entire career to one club.

And the Spaniard's 14 years at the Camp Nou have seen him richly rewarded by being able to help Barcelona to eight La Liga titles and become European champions on four occasions - to name just a few of his achievements during his time at the club.

But despite the midfielder having been a loyal servant to the Catalan giants for well over a decade, Iniesta is still sweating on a new deal at the Camp Nou, after compatriot and fellow midfielder Sergio Busquets was handed a new five-year deal at the club on Thursday.


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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is being linked with a move for Iniesta, although there is yet to be any firm interest, but the Spaniard has made his future with Barcelona clear.

Guardiola and Iniesta worked together for four years at the Camp Nou, where the City boss made his name in management - helping Barcelona to the treble in 2009 - and speculation about the 32-year-old's future has began to surface.

However, as reported by Sky Sports, Iniesta has revealed there is only one way the Spaniard would quit his boyhood club for a move to the Premier League.

The Spain midfielder admits his future at Barcelona is out of his hands, having seen his teammate, Busquets, handed a new deal while his own future is yet to be resolved, with Iniesta contracted to the club until 2018.

Guardiola knows Iniesta intentions

"Guardiola knows what I think, what I want, and my desire is ending my career here, like I've said many times," said Iniesta.

"I'm very clear about what I say and what I think, everybody knows it.

"I would love to end my career at Barcelona. I have a contract until 2018. We will have to ask the directors whether they want to extend my contract.

"But I can only repeat that I want to retire at Barcelona."

New contract feasible

The news will come as a blow to Guardiola, if he had any plans on bringing his former Barcelona player to the Etihad. And it seems inevitable that, at some time in the near future, Iniesta will sign a new contract at the Camp Nou.

Iniesta has proved to be a priceless asset for the Catalans over the years, playing a key role in Barcelona's treble-winning season of 2009. But while he may have his sights set on retiring at Barcelona, he has backed his former boss to have a successful career at the Etihad.

The Spaniard confidently stated that he believes Guardiola has all the necessary knowledge and qualities to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.

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