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Thursday 22 February 2018

Andres Iniesta 'considering his future' at Barcelona

Andrés Iniesta. Photo: Getty Images
Andrés Iniesta. Photo: Getty Images

Callum Davis

Andres Iniesta has thrown his Barcelona future into doubt after admitting he had not yet signed a new deal with the club.

The 30-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season and, in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, admitted he was considering his future for the first time.

"Right now, I have still not signed a new contract," he said.

"I have felt many strange feelings for the first time, but I think this may be normal.

"This is a scenario that, probably three years ago, I could never have imagined.

"Let's say that I am considering my future when I didn't do it before."

Iniesta has been integral to Barcelona's success in recent years, winning four La Liga titles and Champions League trophies since making his senior debut in 2002.

The Spain international also conceded Barcelona faced a difficult challenge in wrestling the La Liga title away from Real Madrid.

"[Madrid] are a great team, with the best players in the world, but I want to say that our challenge is to find what we lost last year.

"The Supercopa was a painful defeat because it was the first title we could win but they were very effective.

"All the defeats, especially against Madrid, always raise questions, [as does] the situation that has taken place in the last few weeks."

Iniesta's future at the Nou Camp could depend on whether Barcelona are able to secure a deal to bring Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho to the club.

Liverpool have already rejected three multi-million pound bids for the 25-year-old, with Barcelona rumoured to be preparing a third and final £120m offer.

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