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The legendary midfielder has been playing in Japan.

But his former side tried to sign him in January.

Andres Iniesta lifted the Japanese Super Cup with Vissel Kobe to take his total to 37, only behind former Barça man Dani Alves on 40. His high level of performances in Asia haven’t gone unnoticed and plenty of established sides enquired about his possible availability – even Barcelona.

Barca got in touch with Iniesta to ask whether he would be open to a return, as per Catalunya Radio. The plan was to do this on a short-term loan deal but Vissel weren’t keen. Iniesta has two years to run on his deal in Japan, is their club captain and star man. The Asian Champions League is almost about to start. With questions being asked about Barca’s style and it moving away from what made them unique, the club felt Iniesta would help bring it back to what it should be.

Soon after his arrival, Quique Setien gave an interview to Barca TV and asked which legend he’d like to add to the current team: “Iniesta, although he hasn’t retired.. maybe we could still bring him back!” Said with a smile, it appears there was actually some truth to that answer. Iniesta wants to continue making history in Kobe and honour his contract. By the time that expires, he will embark on his career as a football coach.



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