Andres Iniesta's move to Chinese Super League in doubt

Andres Iniesta's move to Chinese Super League in doubt
Andres Iniesta's move to Chinese Super League in doubt

09 May, 2018

At present, the club works with Iniesta in the sports industry sector under its shareholding company.

No particular Aussie clubs have been connected with a move for the 33-year-old, who has been at Barcelona since he was 12 and won 31 trophies in the process.

The Spaniard was expected to join Chinese club Chongqing Lifan when he leaves Barcelona this summer but has now been persuaded to go to Japan and sign a deal worth £22m a season after tax.

"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".

The four-time Champions League victor was expected to complete his move to Chongqing but their president Jiang Lizhang denied that Iniesta's arrival is imminent.

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Chongqing added that they wanted to support the "healthy development of Chinese football" - a reference to China's clampdown on heavy transfer spending and focus on homegrown talent.

Andres Iniesta, the Barcelona and Spain legend locked horns with Real Madrid in his final clasico last Sunday.

The FC Barcelona midfielder has agreed to join Vissel Kobe next season on a three-year contract, Spanish radio station Cadena SER reported Tuesday.

The Sport report had said Australia was in with a chance to lure Iniesta because of the lifestyle. It is our responsibility to provide excellent players for Chongqing football and Chinese football.

Chongqing said the club would adhere to rational investment and follow rules set by the government-controlled Chinese Football Association, which includes a salary cap across the division.

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