Iniesta, who will himself ?depart the Camp Nou this summer following the expiry of his contract with the Catalan club, insists that Barca should ensure that his long-time midfield partner remains at the club.
Sergio Busquets: “I prefer collective trophies over individual awards, although there have been years in which I honestly thought I deserved some. When we won Champions, World Cup or Euros, I thought I played a fundamental part”
— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) May 14, 2018
According to ?Sport, there is a growing concern that Busquets has had trouble in getting the Barcelona board to be true to their word and offer the Spaniard a ?new contract on improved terms.
It is said that the holding midfielder would like ?greater recognition for his role at the club, and Iniesta insists that the Barca chiefs should ensure that this does not prompt Busquets to leave the La Liga champions any time soon.
Despite speculation in recent days, Pep Guardiola has no plans to bid for Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets. He has a €200m release clause that City would never meet and Barça will not negotiate anything below that. [Marca] pic.twitter.com/GISSgUrpO4
— City Watch (@City_Watch) May 17, 2018
“It would be a huge error if Busquets did not continue at Barca, for what he means as a player, but I don’t think that will happen because he’s got a lot more years in him and I understand he’s a fundamental player”, Iniesta said.
“I don’t know the personal situation, but the club should not allow doubts that this would happen. I don’t think the club will allow it.”
Bonito día!!! Las secciones campeonas!! Gran partido, gracias por el cariño!! Siempre Barça!! ?? pic.twitter.com/hAdsRm02le
— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) May 9, 2018
Busquets has once again been an integral part of the Barcelona team which has won the domestic double this season, with Ernesto Valverde’s side running away with the La Liga crown, currently 12 points clear of Atletico Madrid who are second in the table and hammering Sevilla 5-0 in the final to clinch a fourth successive Copa del Rey victory.
Barcelona host Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou on Sunday for their final La Liga match of the season and Andres Iniesta’s farewell to his adoring home crowd.
Both Iniesta and the Barca faithful will be hoping that Busquets is not set to follow the legendary playmaker out of the exit door.