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'I hope I can convey what I have learned and what I feel for this club': Iniesta outlines Barca coaching ambition

A place in the Camp Nou dugout is not a burning desire for the Spanish legend but says he does want to give back to Barcelona when he retires.

Andres Iniesta bid farewell to Barcelona after his last game against Real Sociedad in May.
Andres Iniesta bid farewell to Barcelona after his last game against Real Sociedad in May.

ANDRES INIESTA ADMITS he does have ambitions to become a coach in the future but says he is not fixated on taking charge of Barcelona.

Spanish great Iniesta ended a career-long association with Camp Nou earlier this year when he joined J-League side Vissel Kobe for the final chapter of his playing days.

Here he won nine La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with the Blaugrana and envisages passing on those experiences in some capacity once he hangs up his boots.

“I do not know what the future will hold,” he told Mundo Deportivo. “I would not say that I would not like to be a Barca coach but I cannot say it’s something I’m thinking about.

“Yes, it is true that with the passage of time, I will wake up the vision of being a coach. [That is how] I see myself but I guess when I leave football everything [can be] different. We will see what way it is.

“I would like to come back to Barcelona. I feel at home and in the future I hope I can convey what I have learned and what I have felt and feel for this club.”

LaLiga Santander FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad.May 20th Royalty: Andres Iniesta was undoubtedly one of the greatest players in Barcelona's history. Source: Marc Dominguez

Iniesta’s old team-mate Lionel Messi remains Barcelona’s guiding light.

The superstar forward will be 32 next year and Iniesta believes he is capable of dropping back into a midfield role in the latter days of his career.

However, as Messi’s phenomenal goal return continues, he does not feel there should be any rush to change things.

“Messi can do what he wants. In any position he could be the best,” Iniesta added.

“There are very specific demarcations in the centre of the field that perhaps are more positional, of a different typology than what Leo is. 

“But he could play where he wanted to, because he is the one with the most goals. The important thing is that he keeps doing it and that he plays as he likes.”

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