Barcelona announced on Friday morning the long-awaited news that Andres Iniesta, captain of the first team and the player with the second most appearances in the history of the club, has reached an agreement to renew for life with the Blaugrana.
The midfielder, who is recovering from a mild muscle injury in Catalonia, will sign the renewal alongside president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and will appear before the media to explain the agreement at 13.00 CET on Friday afternoon.
The renewal is the end of a soap opera that has been worrying the club for months.
More so since the player refuted Bartomeu’s claims that it had already been agreed.
At the end of last season, and already in anticipation that his contract ended in 2018, Iniesta sent several messages of uncertainty about its future.
Aged 33 and with a propensity to get injured, he wanted to be guided by how well utilised he would be under Ernesto Valverde.
With Luis Enrique, Iniesta had lost influence, however, the Txingurri has given him back the confidence he’d been missing and has proposed a more compact football dynamic that benefits him.
He has started every game this season bar one: Barçcelona-Las Palmas last Sunday, when he injured himself in the biceps femoris.
Feeling important on the pitch has been decisive for Iniesta and now, a the agreement reached by the two parties has an escape clause that allows the player to go to a less competitive football league when he feels like it.
That opens the door to the Chinese, American or Qatari option, but completely rules out the interest of big clubs in Europe.
However, the current idea of the midfielder is to finish his career at the club and then remain linked to it, because his example is very valuable for the young people of La Masia.