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Andres Iniesta confident over deal

September 27, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Andres Iniesta says he is convinced a solution to his deadlocked contract talks with Barcelona can be found.

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Spain international Iniesta's representatives have reportedly rejected an initial extension to his current deal, which ends in June 2014.

However, further talks are expected and Barca club secretary Toni Freixa has said the Catalans rate Iniesta as the second-best player in the world.

Speaking after training on Thursday, La Masia graduate Iniesta, 29, told AS: “My dream, my wish, is to end my career here. That is my intention, and the club wants the same. We will reach an agreement. There is nothing strange going on.

“There is no place like this. If I wanted to go I would have some other place in mind, but that is not the case.”

Iniesta said his decision would have nothing to do with the money on offer -- reportedly around €12 million a year after tax, adding: “What motivates me is knowing that I have some good years ahead in which I can keep improving as a player.”

He has been used in rotation with fellow ‘interior’ midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Xavi Hernandez, but said he did not see this as a problem. “You do not like not playing, nobody likes that,” he explained. “But you must accept things. The coach decides and wants the best for the team.”

Asked about the apparent evolution in Barca’s style brought in under Gerardo Martino this season, Iniesta said he had not noticed too much change.

“For me there is no debate at all,” he said. “We have spent many years playing the same way. We understand this sport in a very determined way.

“There have always been long passes, and goals on the counter-attack. For better or worse this team has its way of playing, and it has not gone badly for us.”


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