Andres Iniesta insists he wants to end his career at Barcelona, ahead of proposed contract talks in the New Year.
Iniesta is entering the final 18 months of his contract at the Nou Camp, but Barcelona are reportedly keen to tie him down to a new deal, along with Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Ivan Rakitic.
The 32-year-old has made more than 600 appearances for Barcelona, but unlike former midfield partner Xavi – who moved to the Middle East at the end of his career – he has no desire to try pastures new.
Último entreno antes del Derbi! Força Barça!! pic.twitter.com/k12vji8Nbk
— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) December 17, 2016
"Let's hope so!" he said when asked if he will retire at Camp Nou.
"That's my hope and has been for a long time.
"When you start and everything is new, you never know what is going to happen but as things develop and become more important, you always have the hope of retiring here.
Iniesta is something else.. pic.twitter.com/GW5SN2t8u6
— Barcelona Worldwide (@BarcaWorldwide) December 26, 2016
“I had the goal of being a success at Barca when I arrived and until I did that I was not satisfied.
"There were difficult moments when I was happy to play 10 minutes here rather than more time in another team and that has allowed me to achieve other things."