Barca want Iniesta to end his career at the club

Last Updated: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 09:55

Barcelona: Barcelona want Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta to end his career at the Catalan club, coach Gerardo Martino said on the eve of Saturday`s La Liga game at Almeria.

Recent media reports have suggested the 29-year-old playmaker may be reluctant to renew his contract when it ends in 2015.

However, the club and the player have said this week that both parties want to agree a new deal.

"Everything the president (Sandro Rosell) and Andres have expressed about him finishing his career at Barca is pretty clear," Martino told a news conference on Friday.

"If I were the president I would also like the emblematic players to finish their careers here."

Iniesta, winner of UEFA`s Best Player in Europe award in 2011-12, left no one in any doubt about his plans for the future during a news conference on Thursday.

"All I can say is my desire is to finish playing here. The club`s intention is the same and everything is on course," he said.

"We`re going to reach an agreement and there is no further complication. This is the best place for me."

Barcelona are top of the table with a maximum 18 points from six games, the same haul as Atletico Madrid but with a superior goal difference.

Fourth from bottom Almeria have yet to record a victory in La Liga this season and Barca have won the last four meetings between the sides by a combined goal tally of 19-1 including an 8-0 away victory in 2010.

Atletico also visit Madrid rivals Real, who are third with 16 points, on Saturday.

Reuters



First Published: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 09:55

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