Andres Iniesta: Neymar return to Barcelona would be 'weird'

Andres Iniesta: Neymar return to Barcelona would be 'weird'

Last month, Iniesta announced that he would be leaving Barcelona, who he joined at the age of 12, and has been strongly linked with clubs in China, Japan and Australia.

Should Neymar not return, however, the newly-crowned La Liga champions could go in for Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann - an option which Iniesta believes would greatly benefit the club.

Top A-League clubs have expressed interest in signing departing Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta for the next season, Football Federation Australia (FFA) chief executive David Gallop has said.

"He'll have offers from around the globe, but the A-League offers a great competition to play in".

The club had tweeted before the game to say they were presenting Iniesta with the memento to "pay tribute to his career and his values as an athlete" as he prepares to leave Barca in the summer.

Spain's Sport website named the A-League as the World Cup-winner's "preferred destination" this week, although Japan's Vissel Kobe is also seen as one of his possible next moves.

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Allegri was especially wound up by veteran commentator Mario Sconcerti on state broadcaster Rai. "That's football", he said. They sit sixth in the table with two games to go, starting with this weekend's trip to Atalanta.

Asked for his thoughts on current Manchester City boss Guardiola, Iniesta replied: "A master for me".

"There are small details left to confirm, and I'll try to choose the best option".

Although he was asked on Thursday, Iniesta gave no insight into where he will be playing next season.

Whether an A-League club could afford Iniesta is questionable and Gallop confirmed FFA, which reportedly has three million Australian dollars to use on marquee players, would only contribute to a portion of the star's wages.

Gallop said the strict marketability criteria used for the centralised "guest marquee" fund of 2016 - dubbed the "Tim Cahill Rule" - still applied.

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