Barcelona club legend Andres Iniesta says it is his “wish” to return to Camp Nou at some point after hanging up his boots.
The central midfielder has made 674 appearances for the Blaugrana colors in all competitions in 16 years in the senior national team, scoring 57 times.
At 37, the great Spaniard is still playing for Vissel Kobe in Japan, having arrived from Barcelona in 2018 and has since won an Emperor’s Cup and a Japanese Super Cup.
His contract with the J1 League club runs until January 2024, after which time the veteran may decide to retire from the game and potentially return to Catalonia.
“Yup, [returning to Barcelona] it’s something I wish, “Iniesta told the BBC.” I wish it would happen because more than anything else it’s the club I’ve spent so many years in.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, you don’t know how I might return or who will be responsible at any given moment.
“So there are a lot of factors that make it hard to see what will actually happen, but if you ask me if I would like it, the answer is yes.”
However, the scorer of Spain’s 2010 World Cup winning goal has not yet decided what role he would like to pursue at the end of his playing career.
“Sometimes I’d like to coach, sometimes I think my interests go in other directions,” continued Iniesta. I know I want to stay in football and when I finish as a professional I would like to take my coaching license, but I don’t know if I will use it in the future.
“There is nothing where I wake up in the morning and think ‘I want to’, so for now I will enjoy playing, training and see what happens in the future.”
Barcelona are in a difficult position, with manager Ronald Koeman under pressure following successive 3-0 Champions League defeats to Bayern Munich and Benfica.
Iniesta reflected on the differences between the team he played for and the current one, reiterating his affection for the club regardless of the circumstances.
“Barça has always been characterized by being a team that wants the ball and wants to keep the ball,” said Iniesta. In Guardiola’s time, football itself hasn’t changed, but it was a time when the teams were really looking at us and trying to learn. “
“I will always see Barcelona well because I still see a different team. Many things have changed since then. Of course the players are different but there is still an idea, a concept.
“Sometimes there will be good times and sometimes there will be worse times, as it always has been, but personally I don’t really like making comparisons.”