Ever since the age of 12, Andres Iniesta has been a Barcelona player.
More than 650 appearances later for Barcelona B and the senior side, and the Spanish playmaker is a legend at the Nou Camp.
Iniesta has helped the Catalan club win eight La Liga titles, four Copa del Reys and four Champions League trophies.
But, with the midfielder turning 33 next year, the club are preparing for life without Iniesta.
However, it seems that Barcelona aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to him just that. In fact, they want Iniesta to remain at the club for the rest of his life in one capacity or another.
A report in Spanish newspaper Sport suggests that the club will make a unique offer to the player and are willing to offer him a variety of roles in order to keep him.
They are open to giving Iniesta an institutional representation role, a technical position in the first-team such as an assistant manager, or a coach in the famous La Masia academy.
They believe that Iniesta fits Barcelona ‘like a glove’ having been involved in one of the first batches of top-quality players to progress into the first-team.
In fairness, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Barcelona are keen to keep him at Camp Nou and are interested in him becoming a coach at La Masia.
Imagine the youngsters at the club learning from a player that has achieved what they’re all aiming to achieve. A player that has been at the club for more than 20 years. A player that has won countless trophies - including scoring a winner in a World Cup final. The rising stars at Barcelona couldn't ask for a better player to aid their development.
Whether Iniesta will accept this interesting offer from Barcelona remains to be seen but everyone associated with the club will be praying he is there for life.
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