Barcelona and Spanish legend Andres Iniesta has denied the claims made by club President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, in regards to a confirmed new deal, saying that there has been no ‘agreement in principle’.
Barcelona fans are yet again left in a state of confusion as well as anger after star midfielder Andres Iniesta recently denied claims from the club President Josep Maria Bartomeu that he has agreed a new contract with the club.
The 33-year-old denied his contract confirmation in a recent interview to Diario Sports saying, “Can I confirm the beginning of a renewal agreement with Bartomeu? No, I cannot. There is no truth to that.”
Earlier this summer, another Barcelona superstar in Lionel Messi had to refute similar claims made by Bartomeu about an alleged agreed deal which left the Nou Camp faithful in a state of frenzy.
Both Messi and Iniesta are into the final year of their respective contracts at Barcelona and will be eligible to negotiate a new deal with other clubs in about six months’ time, with a view to join their suitors next season on free – as things stand.
Considering the quality and experience both of them bring, many clubs would surely be interested in signing them and losing both the iconic players of such pedigree will be a massive blow for the Catalan giants.
These recent lack of transparency with the fans have seen Bartomeu lose faith of the Barca supporters and he was even booed in the recent Champions’ League group stage draw.
A no-confidence vote is believed to be currently considered against the President by the fans and should he fail to sort out these recent contract issues, Bartomeu might find his position at the club further compromised.
Iniesta is a huge fan-favorite at both Barcelona and the Spanish national team and failure to sort his future out will surely mean public backlash for Bartomeu.