Iniesta rubbishes Barca exit reports

Published Dec. 20, 2010 2:38 p.m. ET

Andres Iniesta has rubbished reports suggesting he could be lured away from Barcelona, insisting his wish is "to always stay at this club".

It was believed that Barca were willing to consider offloading the talented playmaker in order to help reduce their mounting debts.

Such speculation has subsequently been played down by the Catalan giants, though, with the reining Spanish champions insisting Iniesta is not for sale at any price.

The 26-year-old midfielder is delighted to hear that he remains an important part of Barca's plans, as he hopes to see out his playing days at Camp Nou.

"Barcelona have done everything for me and my family," Iniesta, who is a product of the Barca academy system, told Esquire.

"My ambition is to always stay at this club. But my future will depend on my performances in the next few years.

"This is not about money, this is about my desire to remain at Barcelona."


Iniesta has also paid tribute to the ongoing work of coach Pep Guardiola, who has helped mould Barca into one of the world's most entertaining and successful sides.

"It is a privilege to be a footballer under the guidance of Guardiola," he added.

"For me he is the best coach in the world and a great teacher. He has a solution for any problem which may arise on the field."