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Andres Iniesta: I Would Never Ask For A Single Euro From Barcelona

Following the €66 million arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the focus at Barcelona has shifted very much to mega-money contract renewals.

Ibra’s presence at the Camp Nou has raised questions as to whether or not some of the other superstars in the squad are now demanding more lucrative contracts to match the Swede's.

One player who is certain to get a handsome pay rise is Lionel Messi, but one of the side’s other key figures, Andres Iniesta, also reportedly set to receive a new contract, doesn’t care much about money.

“I only renewed my contract a year and a half ago, but if the club decide the time is appropriate to offer me a new deal based on my merits, then I appreciate their gesture,” he told Sport.

“I have not asked [for a contract renewal]… I would never ask the club for even a Euro. They have always been the one who have made me the offer and I just accept it. In this regard, I must admit it that I am grateful to FC Barcelona.

“I have matured a lot on a personal level and on a sporting perspective. I feel complete and full of energy and optimism. My desire is to continue at Barca for many more years to come. Hopefully until I retire.”

The 25-year-old is currently in the United States for Barca's pre-season tour, even though he will not be taking part in any matches as he continues to recover from a muscle tear.

But he did drop a hint as to when he might make his return.

“We already knew that it would virtually be impossible to play on this tour,” he began.

“I’ll only be back when the necessary muscles are fully strengthened and there’s not even the slightest risk of a relapse, because that’s the worst thing that could happen.

“We’ll see if I can make the Gamper Trophy [against Manchester City].”

Finally, Iniesta spoke about his famous injury-time goal at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of last season's Champions League semi-final against Chelsea.

“The joy was just overwhelming," he said. "That goal changed my life. I will remember it as long as I live.”   

KS Leong,