Following the 4-0 victory of Barcelona over Granada, Gerardo Martino was impressed by his teams’ performance but he singled out Andres Iniesta for a particular praise as he was chosen to captain the team for that match.
Despite having a noticeable amount of injuries ranging from the goalkeeper to the offensive lines of Barcelona as it includes: Valdes, Alves and Messi but that did not seem to be any problem for the Catalan side that remain at the top of La Liga.
“We controlled the pace of the game, knowing when we had to play more directly and when we had to slow the match down,” he said at his post-match press conference.
“This side knows how to play in different ways when they need to. We have a commitment to play attractive football and I think the fans enjoyed themselves. Granada want to play the ball around and if you don’t press these teams well, you can have problems’’.
“Iniesta was the best player on the pitch today. He did everything well.”
The 29 years old midfielder is waiting for Barcelona to offer him an improved contract offer as he already rejected the initial one that was proposed to him recently also claiming that he is expecting to be paid more than Neymar who currently is on a basic wage of on a basic wage of €7m.
David Moyes has already shown interest in signing Iniesta as he is one of his top targets in the upcoming transfer window but this is a player that is clearly out of the reach of Manchester United as Iniesta has not displayed any signs of leaving the club in which he grew up at their youth academy, La Masia and them team he has been playing for over 10 years, Barcelona.
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has been linked with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United in recent weeks. The rise of Cesc Fabregas has meant that new manager Gerardo Martino has often sacrificed Iniesta, which has led to rumours that he may demand a move away from the Spanish club. He will find your shortage of takers being one of the best players in the world in his position. He has won almost every title with Barcelona since making his debut as a youngster. He has now revealed that he does not want a transfer away from Barcelona. Instead, he wants to sign a new contract with the club.
The 29-year-old has a contract that runs out in less than 24 months and there has been speculation about City coming in for his services. In a recent press conference, Iniesta ruled out the possibility of leaving Barcelona and he has also said that money is not the problem when it comes to agreeing a new deal. Iniesta is already one of the best paid players in the world, but he does not care where he stands in the list of top earners in the world. He is more concerned about winning trophies and he wants to retire at Barcelona.
“There is nothing strange or any war going on between Barca and Iniesta. The club wants me here and I want to stay here I have said many times that my aim is to retire here and the club wants the same. We all want to reach an agreement. This has nothing to do with money or whether I am the second, third, fourth or fifth best paid player. What motivates me is knowing that I have some good years ahead in which I can keep improving and growing as a player,” said Iniesta.
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Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has said that new Manchester city signing Jesus Navas is very similar player to Gareth Bale. Tottenham star Gareth Bale has been linked with almost every major club in the world after a string of impressive seasons with the Premier league outfit. He is valued in excess of £ 50 million by his club, who are resisting the advances of Real Madrid to sell him. Navas has been signed for a much lesser transfer fee. He has cost Manchester city around £ 20 million in transfer fees, and this is his first move from Sevilla.
The former Sevilla winger has been unable to secure a move away from his hometown club due to an extreme case of homesickness. Iniesta reckons that Navas will have been spoken of in the same breath as Bale if he did not have such a problem. Navas has also been unable to achieve a lot at international level due to this inability to travel with the squad. The 27-year-old winger recently reached the final of the Confederations cup with Spain. Iniesta has said that Navas is one of the quickest players he has ever seen.
This coupled with his poise and elegance on the ball make him a complete player.
“He’s going to cause the defences in the Premier League a real problem when he plays for City. Jesus has so much speed, and his feet are so quick, that it becomes nearly impossible to stop him without fouling him. The only player that I can compare him with that is already playing in England is Gareth Bale,” said Iniesta. Navas managed to win only his 28th International cap during the Confederations cup. Iniesta has said that City have truly secured themselves a truly special player, who will be able to push them towards league success.