Club Puts Iniesta's Move To China On Hold

The Spaniard will leave boyhood club Barcelona at the end of the season after a decorated career with the Catalan club, and was set for a move to Chinese outfit Chongqing Dangdai Lifan.

Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos has stated that Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta would have won two Ballon d'Or awards if his name was "Andresinho".

Andres Iniesta's potential move to Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan has been put on hold after the club said it would not pay the FC Barcelona playmaker a salary that would distort the market.

Iniesta had previously suggested that his next club would not play their football in Europe. I made the following three statements on this matter.

Japan's Vissel Kobe, named in Spanish media as a possible next club for Iniesta, had no comment on Tuesday when approached by AFP.

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"The lack of agreement with the Asian team has led Manchego to study new horizons, with Australia as the preferred destination".

Chongqing, in southwest China, had emerged as a surprise contender to snare Iniesta - one of the finest midfielders of his generation - despite not being a traditional heavyweight in Chinese football.

The report adds: "The Barça captain sees with good eyes the option of going to a country where family level would find much tranquility and in a league that is up, with the arrival of several European players".

Hiroshi Mikitani, owner of Vissel Kobe, is also the CEO of Barcelona's main sponsor Rakuten.

Iniesta was given a rapturous applause in the recent Copa del Rey triumph and final El Clasico this weekend, indicating an end of an era for the Blaugrana youth product - who's become an iconic figure within the LaLiga champions.


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