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Andres Iniesta's move to Chinese Super League in jeopardy

09 May 2018, 12:50 | Nina Perez



Spanish media outlet Sport report that Australia is actually the 33-year-old's "preferred destination", so he could potentially face the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League.

Iniesta's former Barcelona and Spain teammate, David Villa, played a four-game stint in the A-League with Melbourne City in 2014.

Iniesta was expected to move to Chongqing Lifan but the Chinese Super League side's president Jiang Lizhang has denied Iniesta's arrival is imminent.

At present, the club works with Iniesta in the sports industry sector under its shareholding company.

CSL side Chongqing Lifan, thought to be the frontrunners for his signature, issued a statement indicating that Iniesta "will not join us as a player".

Japan's Vissel Kobe, named in Spanish media as a possible next club for Iniesta, had no comment on Tuesday when approached by AFP.

Reports in Spain initially claimed what the two said to themselves wasn't clear before Iniesta headed for the home dugout while he was given a standing ovation by the his mates and the fans.

Chongqing, in southwest China, had emerged as a surprise contender to snare Iniesta - one of the finest midfielders of his generation - despite not being a traditional heavyweight in Chinese football.

But out of the blue, it has now emerged that the 34-year old is on his way to Japan instead, where club Vissel Kobe have reached an agreement with him.

According reports, the Spain global will sign a three-year deal with an annual salary of £22m.

Chongqing said the club would adhere to rational investment and follow rules set by the government-controlled Chinese Football Association, which includes a salary cap across the division.

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