Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has put clubs across Europe on red alert, after hinting that his days with the Catalonian club may be over.
The thirty year old Spanish playmaker, who has won it all both at club and international level, believes that wholesale changes need to be made at the club if it hopes to challenge for titles again.
In the wake of the team’s 1-1 draw with Athletico Madrid which handed them the title and left Barcelona trophy-less this year, Iniesta felt that it was somewhat the end of an era at the club.
“Lots of things are over. We were relying on winning this game. We haven’t and that makes this season disappointing, because if we had won, everything would be different.”
Iniesta has spent his entire career with the club, rising through the famed ‘La Masia’ youth system that has also produced homegrown talents such as Carlos Pujol, Gerard Piqué and Cesc Fabregas.
In the famed Barcelona jersey he has won La Liga on six occasions and has picked up a Champions League winners medal an impressive three times. As a part of the all conquering Spanish national team as well, he has won the European Championships twice, as well as the 2010 World Cup.
Should Iniesta opt to leave the Nou Camp, it would be seen as a changing of the guard at the club, with the player very much a standard bearer for Barcelona. His vast experience and winning mentality would make him highly sought after from all corners of the footballing world too.