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It's a good time for Iniesta to leave Barcelona, says father

3:12 PM SGT 22/4/18
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The 33-year-old must make a "difficult decision" but his dad said that the time is right for him to take his next step

Andres Iniesta is set to make a difficult decision but his father Jose Antonio believes the time is right for the Barcelona great to leave the La Liga giants.

Iniesta celebrated Copa del Rey glory following Saturday's 5-0 demolition of Sevilla as he reportedly nears a move to the Chinese Super League.

The 33-year-old midfielder – who scored in the victory in Madrid – said he will make an announcement on his future "this week", with Chongqing Lifan favourites to sign the Spanish star.

"He's going to make a difficult decision," he said in an interview with Cadena SER.

"If he chooses to leave then you have to respect it.

"I think it's a good time for him to take such a tough step and he intends to announce his decision next week."

 

 

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Iniesta scored Barca's fourth at the Wanda Metropolitano before he received a standing ovation as he was substituted with two minutes remaining.

"It's good for him to score his first goal in a Copa del Rey final," Iniesta's father said.

"Now the match is over, I'm calmer. My son has done well, he's played in his style."

Meanwhile, La Liga's Instagram account seemed to hint that the World Cup winner's career at Camp Nou is over.