DREAMS of Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta joining the A-League appear to be over after the 34-year-old revealed he was weighing up a move to Japan or China.
Rumours had swirled that lifestyle factors had led to the midfielder preferring a move to Australia, but according to the player’s latest comments, the reality is that he won’t be arriving on our shores.
“Japan, I must take one of the most important decisions after the coming of Fuentealbilla, there are two scenarios: China and Japan, each with its own things, there are still things to value, and in the end you put everything in the balance,” Iniesta told Spanish radio program El Transistor.
“That is the best, it will be done. I will give the answer next week to focus on the World Cup”
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Iniesta also revealed that he had been contacted by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola over a potential move.
“Guardiola sent me a message, information came out, but I could not go to the City or to another team that was not Barça in the elite,” he said.
“I’ve been around for a year and a half with the option of leaving, and this year I took it as my last, without knowing it.”
The FFA had revealed a $3m war chest designed to help A-League clubs lure marquee signings as well as contacting the Spanish star himself to gauge his interest in joining the league.
Iniesta will reveal whether he will arrive in the J-League or the Chinese Super League next week before switching his attention to the World Cup.
The veteran has been with Barcelona since age 12, and will leave the club this summer after winning 31 trophies.