Andres Iniesta’s future as a Barcelona player has been in doubt all season, and it appears he has finally made a decision as to where he will play next year.
According to AS, Iniesta, 33, will join the Chinese Super League in the summer, and the move will be formally announced after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final, which pits Barca against Sevilla.
The report says Iniesta’s move to China is a ‘done deal’, although it is not yet known which club he will join with four teams said to have submitted offers for him.
It is further claimed the deal to take Iniesta to China will include an ‘agreement for his management team to organise a series of children's football camps’, and the club who sign Iniesta will also acquire the rights to distribute his brand of wine in the Chinese market.
The 33-year-old has spent his entire career to date with Barcelona, since first joining their academy in 1996. He made his first-team debut in 2002, and has gone on to play 665 times for the Camp Nou club.
Regarded as one of the finest midfielders of all-time, Iniesta looks set to add to his eight LaLiga titles with another league success this season, though Barca crashing out the Champions League to Roma means he cannot increase his tally of four European Cups before he departs Catalonia.
A key player for the Spain national team over the past decade, Iniesta has already won the 2010 World Cup and the European Championships of 2008 and 2012, and he will want to bow out on a high when La Roja go for gold in Russia this summer.