Andres Iniesta has admitted that he wished to return to the Spanish league giants after his professional football career.
The 37-year-old Spanish midfielder is currently playing for a Japanese side Vissel Kobe where he reportedly earns a whopping $35 million per season.
Andres Iniesta joined the Japanese club on July 1, 2018, from Barca where he spent 25 years of his life playing for the club’s football academy and the club’s senior team.
Vissel Kobe just offered Iniesta an additional two years contract which means that the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner will remain in Japan until January 31, 2024. By then, he would be almost 40-year-old and might be considering retirement.
When he retires, Andres Iniesta who has helped Vissel Kobe to win the 2019 Emperor’s Cup and the 2020 Japanese Super Cup, plans to remain in the football business.
Football authorities in Japan have already established training centers in Japan bearing his name but that might not tempt him to remain in the Asian country after his football career.
In an interview with BBC, Andres Iniesta who provided 138 assists and scored 57 goals in 674 games while at Barca said he wished to return to the club but he was not sure of the capacity in which he would return.
The 37-year-old midfielder who won at least 33 titles while at FC Barcelona including four Champions league titles and 9 La Liga titles said he would get a coaching license after retirement but he might not use it.
When BBC asked him whether he would return to FC Barcelona, Andres Iniesta said: “Yes, it is something I wish. I would like it to happen because more than anything it is the club I spent so many years in.
“You don’t know what will happen in the future, you don’t know in what way I could return or who will be the people in charge at a certain moment.