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Club Puts Iniesta's Move To China On Hold

09 May 2018

He joined the club's famed La Masia academy as a 12-year-old, before rising through the ranks and becoming the legend he is today.

Iniesta has been at Barcelona for a remarkable 22 years but has made a decision to leave the club amid interest from the Chinese Super League.

China's Chongqing Lifan denied making a big-money move for Andres Iniesta as Spanish media said the Barcelona captain could now be headed for Japan or Australia.

"I've come across him two or three times and he is a charming, very reserved man and I like players who can do everything on the field but are that calm off it".

A skyrocketing series of expensive deals was brought to a halt past year when the CFA introduced a 100 percent tax on foreign transfers over 45 million yuan ($7 million), with proceeds going into a fund for youth development.

Iniesta had previously suggested that his next club would not play their football in Europe.

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CSL side Chongqing Lifan, thought to be the frontrunners for his signature, issued a statement indicating that Iniesta "will not join us as a player".

Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO of Barcelona's jersey sponsor Rakuten, the company which operates Vissel, is said to be involved in brokering the deal.

Andrés Iniesta is reportedly eyeing off the A-League as the "preferred destination" to end his glittering career, according to Spanish media.

"Andres Iniesta will not play, for now, in Chinese football", SPORT's report reads, translated from Spanish.

Iniesta has won every major trophy in football excluding the FIFA Confederations Cup, at club level, he has eight La Liga and four Champions League titles.

Club Puts Iniesta's Move To China On Hold