Reports today in Spanish media however claim that Iniesta favours a move to Japan, and has had a move to J-League club Vissel Kobe personally conducted by the CEO of Rakuten, Barcelona's primary sponsor.
"The other sports industry sections of our club's controlling shareholder have in-depth cooperation with Mr Iniesta in sports brokerage, sports marketing, and youth education".
The 33-year-old Barca captain said in April he would leave the club he joined as a 12-year-old in the summer, with media reports suggesting he would be moving to Chongqing.
Iniesta was expected to move to Chongqing Lifan in the Chinese Super League. I made the following three statements on this matter.
Both Messi and Iniesta have played 14 years together at the Camp Nou and they have both won four Champions League titles in their career lifespan.
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The Sport report had said Australia was in with a chance to lure Iniesta because of the lifestyle.
Chongqing, in southwest China, had emerged as a surprise contender to snare Iniesta - one of the finest midfielders of his generation - despite not being a traditional heavyweight in Chinese football.
The Barça captain is interested in going to a country where his family would be able to settle and with an established league that has already seen the arrival of several European players.
Both players will lead the Spanish national team at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation which is expected to be Iniesta's last participation with the national team.
According to Sky Sports, Chongqing Lifan are refusing to pay the veteran midfielder an exorbitant salary due to the salary cap set by the Chinese government to curb the excessive spending of recent times.