With Andres Iniesta now 33 years of age and has suffered several injuries in 2016/17, negotiations over a new contract have been complicated, given that he doesn’t want to remain at the Camp Nou if unable to perform at the elite level he has done until now.
Both parties are looking for a solution and have now laid the groundwork for an agreement, even if there is nothing official yet.
The idea is for the club to offer Iniesta a new two-year deal, but one which he would be able to extend on a yearly basis.As such, he would have an option to leave if he doesn’t feel happy at the club, although there are limits on where he could move to.
If a club from China, Qatar or the US come in for Iniesta, then he would be allowed to leave Barcelona, while he could also do so if the landing spot is a small club like his boyhood Albacete.
However, a transfer to another top-level European club is practically impossible and the player himself has already insisted that he wouldn’t want to go somewhere where he’d come up against the Blaugrana.
Ideally, though, the plan is for Iniesta to stay at Barcelona and to then take on a non-playing role at the Camp Nou after he hangs up his boots, potentially as an ambassador for La Masia.