Andrés Iniesta has no apparent plans to stop. The 38-year-old Spaniard will remain at Vissel Kobe for at least one more year before returning to Barcelona.
The former Barcelona captain, joined the Catalonian club as a 12-year old in 1996. This was followed by a brief spell with the reserve squad in which he made nearly 50 appearances.
He would go on to represent the senior squad on 442 appearances, winning 30 trophies alongside. The Spaniard also won 131 caps with the national side and won the World Cup and the Euros twice.
Andrés Iniesta promises a return to Barcelona
Iniesta relocated to Spain from Japan in the 2018 summer. He finally found football bliss with Vissel Kobe after spending so many years at Barcelona. In regards to his future, the midfielder said to La Gazzetta dello Sport, “I will play here for another year and then we’ll see.”
He is thinking of going back to Barcelona. “It’s my home, therefore I’d love to. What position—coach, technical director, or something else—doesn’t occur to me. Anyway, the topic at hand is training. I continue to consider myself a player at the time,” the midfielder hopes
Iniesta smiles at the idea of being welcomed in Barcelona. “It’s comforting to believe that someone who has contributed so much to a club may stay on after his active career. But some prerequisites must be met. You cannot claim that you won’t do anything but will return later, he continued.”
Iniesta observes Barcelona’s performance from a distance. “There seems to be some emotional instability, in my opinion. Victories boost morale significantly, but only one setback can lead to uncertainty and a downturn in mood,” the previous international noted. He doesn’t think it’s necessary.
“Barcelona has a strong starting lineup and a very full roster. The effort put forth this season has been outstanding,” the La Masia graduate concluded.