Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta insisted that
At 33, Iniesta already has an extended and illustrious profession for each the Catalan facet and the nationwide group, profitable seven La Liga titles, 4 Champions Leagues, two European Championships and a World Cup amongst others for Barcelona and Spain.
The arrival of Coutinho for £142m this week nevertheless may counsel Barcelona are readying the inheritor for Iniesta’s throne, however the Spaniard claims he’s simply specializing in his personal performances and needs what’s finest for the group.
Iniesta instructed Marca: “
“I am not [worried or thinking about] retirement or dropping my place within the group, that is not a difficulty for me and I would like us to attain our objectives collectively.
“The coach will determine who performs however I really feel good and I am doing effectively. There can be no issues between teammates.”
Barcelona have been in imperious kind this season as they sit high of La Liga desk, unbeaten and 9 factors forward of second-placed Atletico Madrid, and stay one of many favourites for the Champions League regardless of a tricky last-16 tie towards Chelsea.
Iniesta himself has been a key a part of Barcelona’s early kind underneath Ernesto Valverde, and believes that the arrival of Coutinho may help make them even stronger within the second half of the season.
He continued: “Coutinho coming in does not have an effect on me. He’s yet another participant, one other teammate and what’s good for the membership is sweet for everybody.
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“He is an innate expertise and he has come to this membership to proceed growing and bettering as a participant.