Trust Iniesta to continue his magic with Barca

El Loco believes that Andres Iniesta will continue to be a great player for the Catalan Giants as the midfielder looks to sign a new contract


Midfield maestro Andres Iniesta has yet to show his true colours for Barcelona in the Primera Liga this season.

But it's only a matter of time the Spain international will reproduce the kind of magic that was always expected of him.

And the good news for Barca and their supporters, including in Malaysia, is that his wish is to end his illustrious career with the Catalan giants!

There have been speculations earlier that Iniesta may decide against renewing his contract but its seems that this is not the case.

Barca are interested to offer him a renewal on his terms. But reports have suggested that Iniesta was reluctant to sign a new deal, with his current contract expiring in 2015.

"My wish is to finish here, and it's what the club want as well. There is no complication," he said.

Iniesta, a product of La Masia, stressed that Nou Camp is the best place where he can be.

"I'm 29, I know that I still have a few years of good football in me, and I want to live them here. It's not about money, it's about the wishes that I have.

"It's not a Barca–Iniesta war," Iniesta added.

Now Barca supporters can now look forward to see Iniesta playing that big role for the Catalans - as he always does.

Nevermind about new manager Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino’s rotation policy.

Iniesta, also known as ‘El  Ilusionista’ or ‘The Illusionist’, will continue to be a pain in Barca opponents' sight.

He has this latest nickname given by the Spanish press - Don Andres - for obvious reasons.

Iniesta aside, it is also good to note that Brazilian sensation Neymar is settling down well with Barca.

According to statistics, he has been creating chances for Barca.

He may have only scored once from six La Liga matches but this is not a worrying factor as he is unselfish in front of goal.

Neymar would rather pass the ball to a teammate who is in a better position to make an attempt at goal.

What is important is that the 21-year-old has instilled fear into the opponents whenever he has the ball.

And he can improve further.

Neymar has captured the hearts of Barca fans and there is no doubt about it.

Champions Barca have been going great in the early stages of the season.

They have won all of their first six matches in Primera Liga and are poised to make it seven this weekend in an away match against Almeria – with Iniesta, Neymar and, of course, Lionel Messi leading the assault.

Here is another interesting development.

Reserve centre-back Marc Bartra, 22, is looking forward to have more playing time with Barca.

He had only played a few minutes against Ajax in the Champions League after Gerard Pique came off with an injury.

Then he came in as a substitute in the 4-1 win over Real Sociedad on Tuesday at Nou Camp replacing the injured Javier Mascherano.

Besides his defensive duties, Bartra also scored one of the goals from a Messi pass.

It was the six-footer's second top-flight goal. The first was in May of 2011 against Malaga.

Now it won't be a surprise if he start against Almeria. This is especially so with Mascherano still unavailable.

"I needed a goal like that because it gives me confidence. It will help me to keep on going and not let up,”  Bartra told Barca's website.

It's high time Bartra be given more playing time as he has the potential to be even better and ease Barca's problems in defence.

Give him a break.