Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has expressed his desire to return to Camp Nou in some capacity. Notably, the Spanish midfielder famously signed a 'lifetime contract' with the club before leaving Barca camp in 2018 to join the Japanese side, Vissel Kobe. With Iniesta's former midfielder partner Xavi back to the club as head coach, Andres too is hoping to join his partner.
In a conversation with journalist Gerard Romero, Iniesta said, "I would love to return to Barcelona. I want to help the institution. There are many variables involved, and it is difficult to know what will happen in the future."
He further claimed that Barca is his home, and he couldn't do better than there. The 37-year-old also claimed that the prospect of joining Barca fascinates him the most but believes that time is running against him. However, he added that he is unaware about where he sees himself after retirement.
I want the same thing that all Barcelona fans want: Iniesta
As per Iniesta, he would like to don the coach's role and prepare himself to be a sports director. He confirmed the fact that he would like to be associated with football forever, much to the delight of all football lovers.
He also admitted the fact that he wants Barcelona to do well. "I want the same thing that all Barcelona fans want: for the team to do well, to come back and win points. And to achieve whatever is possible. Everything needs time. Everything, " said Iniesta.
Notably, Barca has been forced to scour the transfer market for cut-price options and free agents amid a well-documented financial crisis, with Dani Alves even returning to the club to aid their cause in January. Alves, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique are now the only survivors of Pep Guardiola's all-star 2011 Championship League winners. Still, club president Joan Laporta has hinted that he would welcome back more familiar faces.
Most recently, Laporta was quizzed on the possibility of re-signing Iniesta and Messi. Notably, Lionel Messi left camp Nou last summer and is now on the books of Paris Saint-German. The Barca president was reportedly quoted as saying, "I don't rule anything out. It happened with Dani; age is just a number. They're two great players. I can't predict what will happen tomorrow; they're still playing and contracted to other clubs."