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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Barcelona great Andres Iniesta to decide 'next week' between China and Japan

Spanish midfielder is leaving his boyhood club and will reveal soon his final decision over his next move

Andres Iniesta will leave Barcelona at the end of the season and is moving to either China or Japan. Albert Gea / Reuters
Andres Iniesta will leave Barcelona at the end of the season and is moving to either China or Japan. Albert Gea / Reuters

Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta has revealed he will move either to China or Japan and will make his final decision "next week".

Iniesta, 34, will bid farewell to Barcelona when he plays his final game for his boyhood club on Sunday against Real Sociedad. Having joined Barca at 12 years old, Iniesta went on to become the Catalan club's joint-most decorated player alongside Lionel Messi.

Speculation has been rife for months over where Iniesta's next destination will be, and he has now insisted that a final decision will be made soon.

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"There are two scenarios, China or Japan, and each has its advantages," he told Spanish radio Onda Cero.

"There are some minor details to be sorted out, we're weighing everything up and will pick which one we decide is the best option.

"Next week, when everything is over, we'll decide. Then, there's the World Cup, I want to get this resolved so that I can focus.

"One option is more advanced than the other."

Last week both China's Chongqing Lifan and Japan's Vissel Kobe, owned by Barca sponsors Rakuten, denied making big money moves for the Spanish star.

Iniesta's comments appear to rule out a move to Australia's A-League which had been suggested as his preferred destination by Spain's Sport website.

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