Iniesta: No war with Barca

Andres Iniesta has looked to clarify that contract negotiations with Barcelona are not at a state of ‘war’ and money is not his motivation.

The 29-year-old has seen reports and speculation centre on the belief that he has turned down a first offer from the club on a contract renewal.

“I have said many times that my aim is to retire here and the club wants the same,” Iniesta told reporters this week.

“We all want to reach an agreement. There is no place like this. The news coming out and the things people and reporters say are not things I can control.

“But there is nothing strange or any war going on between Barca and Iniesta. The club wants me here and I want to stay here.

“It has nothing to do with money or whether I am the second, third, fourth or fifth best paid player.

“What motivates me is knowing that I have some good years ahead in which I can keep improving and growing as a player.”

Barcelona could set a new club record for a start to a season with victory this weekend at Almeria.

“We want the three points, not the record. We need to keep winning and keep improving. But away matches are always that bit harder.

“The rotation policy so far? The most important thing is that we are all getting to play a role and feel useful.

“Nobody likes being dropped, but it happens to us all. You have to take things as they come.

“The manager has to make his decisions, and the first thing on his mind is the good of the team.”

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