Andres Iniesta’s time at Vissel Kobe may be coming to an end, with the Barcelona legend thought to be looking for a new adventure at the age of 38.
The World Cup-winning Spaniard moved to Japan in 2018. It is understood Vissel Kobe are keen to extend his stay in the Far East beyond five years and have tabled a new contract offer. However, according to Nikkan Sports (via The Sun), Iniesta, having won two trophies with the club, is keen on a fresh challenge following the expiration of his contract.
He’s entertaining offers from the MLS as well as Saudi Arabia.
Interestingly, the Saudi Arabian government is preparing ‘the most lucrative salary deal’ in the history of football to lure Iniesta’s former teammate Lionel Messi to play in their league, as per the Telegraph. The Argentine is also being eyed by the Catalan giants, with his contract at PSG penned to run down at the end of the season.
Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta looking for a new club
Iniesta’s last-ever appearance for the Japanese outfit is expected to be against his beloved Barcelona in a friendly in June. There have been suggestions of a return to Camp Nou in a coaching role, but the iconic midfielder wants to continue making a difference on the pitch with the ball at his feet.
Apart from Messi and Iniesta, another Barca legend’s future is shrouded in uncertainty.
Sergio Busquets, who partnered with Iniesta in the middle of the park for a decade with great success, is yet to agree to a new contract with the La Liga leaders.
As things stand, ‘nobody at the club’ knows what will be the 34-year-old’s decision, which is likely to be announced once Barcelona wrap up the league title. It is added that his future is not linked with the club’s pursuit of Messi.