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Spain international wants to stay at club for duration of career

Andres Iniesta has dismissed suggestions he will leave Barcelona for Manchester City in the January transfer window.

Rumours around the football world were hinting big bucks City had identified the playmaker as their top transfer window purchase, and that Sheikh Mansour was willing to offer Carlos Tevez and a sizeable cash offering to prise Iniesta away from the Catalan club.

Although it would seem ludicrous to part with such an integral part of Barcelona’s extraordinary team, there were whispers the club would listen to offers because of their mounting debts.

Since then Barca chiefs have played down the speculation, insisting the 26-year-old is not for sale at any price.

The Spanish international was pleased to have had the reassurance of his club and added he was determined to make Barcelona even better and see out his playing days there.

"Barcelona have done everything for me and my family," Iniesta told Esquire.

"My ambition is to always stay at this club.

"But my future will depend on my performances in the next few years. This is not about money, this is about my desire to remain at Barcelona."

Iniesta also reserved praise for manager Pep Guardiola, who has transformed Barcelona into one of the greatest teams of the modern era.

He said: "It is a privilege to be a footballer under the guidance of Guardiola. For me he is the best coach in the world and a great teacher. He has a solution for any problem which may arise on the field."

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