Andres Iniesta has rejected two lucrative offers to play in China, reports AS.
The Barcelona midfielder, whose contract at the Camp Nou expires next year, is the subject of strong interest from the Chinese Super League.
According to AS, Iniesta has already turned down two proposals to move to the Far East, one of which offered the World Cup winner an eye-watering €35m-a-season deal (£30.4m).
Barca want Andres Iniesta to sign a new deal though, and have reportedly proposed a two-year contract extension.
Iniesta is represented by former teammate Carles Puyol and he and business partner Ramón Sostres were not convinced by the club’s first offer. Josep Maria Bartomeu has suggested a deal of two more years for Iniesta, who will be 33 in May.
The financial aspect was not overly enticing – Barça are desperately trying to tighten their belts to hand Leo Messi a new deal – but for Iniesta there is a greater concern.
So far this season the captain has played just 1,390 minutes, 39.6 percent of the available total and while he has been out with injury for some of that time he is concerned about his waning influence in the squad.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to say, be it one thing or another, Iniesta and Barcelona will never have any kind of problem,” he said on Thursday, adding cryptically that “this has been a different year.”