Barcelona President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, insists the club wants to keep Juventus target Andres Iniesta at the club after claiming they have reached an agreement over a new contract.

Iniesta, 33, is out of contract in June and has been strongly linked with a move for the Serie A champions, who would like to sign him on a free transfer next summer.

But when asked about Iniesta’s future, Bartomeu told Mundo Deportivo: “We already have an agreement in principle to renew [his contract] and we hope to finalise it in the coming weeks.

“We are waiting these days to keep talking but Iniesta is a player that we want [to see] retire here and that he retires when he thinks he wants to retire.

“The idea is that he has an indefinite contract where it renews automatically every year until he thinks that he can retire or change.”

The news will come as a timely boost for both Barcelona and Bartomeu, with reports suggesting he is fighting to hold on to his presidency at the club following a difficult summer that saw Neymar move to PSG and efforts to sign Philippe Coutinho and Marco Verratti fail to materialise.

Author: Yemi Olarinre