INIESTA HAS NOT YET SIGNED A NEW DEAL

Barcelona longtime playmaker Andres Iniesta has revealed that he has not yet agreed to fresh terms at the Nou Camp.


The current deal of the 33-year old would run out in months but in a recent interview he revealed that he was considering his future at the club.

“Right now, I have still not signed a new contract. I have felt many strange feelings for the first time, but I think this may be normal,” he confessed.

The experienced midfielder added that he probably would not have imagined the current scenario three years back. The highly decorated and well-respected player added that he was now considering his future – a thing that has never crossed his mind.

Iniesta admitted that it would be difficult for Barcelona to beat the very confident Real Madrid side to the La Liga title they won last season. He said their archrivals were “a great team” and that they were “very effective” when both sides clashed in the SuperCopa recently. Read more »

Pep Guardiola will make Andres Iniesta at the Etihad Stadium

Pep Guardiola is eager to land Andres Iniesta at the Etihad Stadium to beef up the Sky Blues with some valuable experience.


Iniesta has been a one-club Footballer so far, but, now, he is said to be willing to look for other opportunities after serving Barcelona for almost one and a half decades.

The playmaker had a pretty dismal previous season with Barca as he didn’t feature in even 15 top tier games.

While it was mostly down to the injuries, he was made to warm the benches as a part of the rotation policy as well at times which was probably a hint that he had not remained that strong a force at the club anymore.

Iniesta and Guardiola are a duo which earned a lot of success together for the Catalan giants as captain and head coach respectively.

They are believed to have a strong bonding between each other and the reports suggest that they have already had discussions about a potential City deal. Read more »

SUAREZ AND INIESTA STUNNED BY MESSI

Many are still left stunned following Lionel Messi’s commanding appearance at the El Classico.


The Argentine star grabbed his 500th career goal as he inspired Blaugranato a 3-2 victory against their arch rivals.

The victory changed the momentum as the La Liga winds down. Casemiro had scored the opener before Messi responded to draw both teams level. Ivan Rakitic scored a nice curling shot that gave hope of victory to the visitors until James Rodriguez struck to equalize. It seemed both sides would share the spoils until Messi scored in the last kick of the game to put Barca back in contention for their third straight La Liga title.

“It’s time to enjoy beating a direct opponent, Madrid. It’s time to enjoy the best player in the world and of all time. He keeps showing that in the most important games, which is when you really see him. It’s admirable,” an excited Luis Suarez said. Read more »

Iniesta to end career with Barcelona

Barcelona star midfielder Andres Iniesta wants to end his career with Barcelona and has no intention of moving elsewhere.


He said that he will continue to play as long as he is considered as a valuable member of the team and that he wants to end his career with Barcelona.

Iniesta who is currently 32 started his career with Barcelona and said that it has always been his dream to play for only one club. He is currently under contract until 2018 and said that he wants to remain with the club until the end of his contract.

However, he has yet to renew his contract with Barcelona, and this has given rise to all kinds of speculations. Andres Iniesta said that he has only one word and that he is not interested in joining any other clubs. Read more »

BARCELONA PHILOSOPHY MUST SURVIVE – INIESTA

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has reiterated that playing interesting and flowing football remains just as important as winning for the Catalan club.


Barcelona have been an advocate of attractive football throughout their storied history, boosting the calibre of players like Johan Cruyff, Romario, Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi who excelled in delighting fans and neutrals along the way.

The possession-based football that was cultivated under the guidance of Johan Cyruff and further established by Pep Guardiola was a fascinating scene that won both managers titles and fans during their respective spells in the dugout at Barcelona

The Blaugrana has been recently accused of deviating from their usual tiki-taka under current boss Luis Enrique, but Iniesta is adamant their philosophy remain intact on Thursday.

The Spanish playmaker told Esport 3 that the team would continue to believe in the Barcelona well-known football philosophy.   Read more »

Former Barcelona player wants Andres Iniesta to join him in the MLS

David Villa used to perform with Barcelona starting from 2010 until 2013 and during this period of time, the Spanish attacker was able to lift 2 La Liga titles and a UEFA Champions League piece of silverware as well as many other trophies along the way.


€40 million was the price tag of David Villa as Barcelona paid that amount of money in order to bring him from Valencia but his time spent at Camp Nou was generally considered to be a flop or better yet, it was not as impressive as it was initially expected.

He had to spend 8 months on the bench and was almost always being overshadowed by other players and he was eventually offloaded to Athletic Madrid and Villa is now performing with the MLS side New York City and the veteran attacker has voiced his desire to see Andres Iniesta joining him in the American club.

Even though Andres Iniesta is 32 years old, he still remains being a hugely influential figure in Barcelona and gets playing time on a fairly consistent basis.
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RAKITIC SCORES, SENDING BARCELONA TO TOP OF THE TABLE

Barcelona continued their brilliant form in the new campaign, defeating Athletic Bilbao by a single goal in a hard-fought match.


The score line was not unexpected following their 6-2 banger against Real Betis at Nou Camp.

Arda Turan continued his fine start in the new campaign, scoring a goal in the fifth minute but it was ruled out for offside. Seven minutes later, Bilbao almost got the first goal due to the error of Marc-Andre ter Stegen. He sent the ball to the path of Benat Etxebarria, but he still able to save the goal-bound effort.

Barcelona took the game to their opponents, breaking through in the 20th minute. Turan and Luis Suarez combined well but Rakitic was the target as he picked out a cross heading the ball beyond the reach of Gorka Iraizoz. The firm header ensured Barcelona controlled the pace of the game.

The Catalan club was without key additions in Neymar who is set to return only after the international break. Andres Iniesta is expected to return after the break as well as he picked up a knee injury in the 2-0 win in the Super Cup first leg match against Sevilla.
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VALENCIA WELCOME MONTOYA WITH OPEN ARMS

Spanish club Valencia has welcomed former Barcelona striker Martin Montoya with open arms after his contract was terminated by the La Liga Champions.


The 25 year old came through the famed La Masia academy. He made his first appearance for the club back in 2011, and has gone on to make 66 extra appearances for the senior team but the club deems him surplus to requirement as the new season is set to begin.

Montoya though young has three La Liga medals to his name already and was a part of the team that won the UEFA Champions League in 2015, defeating Italian champions Juventus. He wasn’t part of the team that played on the winning day but no doubt picked up invaluable experiences along the way, prompting the interest in him by Valencia despite losing the attempt to sign him for three million Euros in 2011.

In the past twelve months, he was sent to Inter Milan on a loan deal in the first half before ending the second half at Real Betis. He has been called up to join the Spanish senior team but has not played his full international debut yet. He is the second signing for Valencia this summer after the club acquired Portugal’s Euro 2016 hero and former Manchester United player Nani.
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BARCELONA TIE NEYMAR DOWN WITH NEW DEAL

Spanish side Barcelona have announced the signing of a new deal by Brazilian superstar Neymar which will tie him to the club until 2021.


The La Liga champions are now set to offer contracts to the rest of the team, with five-time Ballon D’or winner Lionel Messi and play maker Andres Iniesta next in line.

Messi’s current deal will expire in 2018 but the club’s management are not taking any chance as they want him to commit his future now. Iniesta’s deal is also set to expire in 2018 but the club wants to keep him at the Nou camp as well. The president of the club Josep Maria Bartomeu said last week that players with less than two years on their current deal would be evaluated. However, Spanish newspaper Marca claim that doesn’t hold true for Messi and Iniesta as the club will not hesitate to get their signatures now.

The club chiefs are keen on Iniesta ending his career at the Nou Camp and talks with the veteran player is expected to kick off soonest. The club is undergoing a £500 million redevelopment of the stadium which will extend till 2020. The reports say Bartomeu wants Messi to be available when they complete it despite other reports linking Messi to a big-money move to the Premier League. Read more »

INIESTA SET TO LEAD SPAIN

Andres Iniesta is set to lead the Spanish squad to their third Euro straight title as captain. The very experienced midfielder had his name everywhere since 1996 when he impressed in a 7-a-side tournament which is annually broadcast in Spain.

He then moved to play for Albacete, a local team, from where scouts lured him to join the prolific La Masia. The talented player said in an interview with Spanish TV at the time that he supported Real Madrid!? Iniesta gradually bided his time, until he joined the senior team. Read more »