Iniesta puts April 30 deadline on Barcelona future

Barcelona great Andres Iniesta has said will reach a decision on his future by the end of April.

Iniesta puts April 30 deadline on Barcelona future

Iniesta puts April 30 deadline on Barcelona future

Iniesta returned from a hamstring injury to help Barca to a 3-0 win over Chelsea at Camp Nou on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi's brace inspiring a 4-1 aggregate triumph in the last-16 tie.

The 33-year-old signed a "lifetime" contract extension earlier this season but his future has been the subject of mounting speculation over recent weeks.

Tianjin Quanjian were linked with a move for Iniesta, although the Chinese Super League club have issued a statement strongly denying any interest.

"The club will know before you [the media]," Iniesta told reporters after the Chelsea match.

"I have until April 30 to decide if I stay. I have to evaluate what's [best] for me and for the club."

Barcelona join Real Madrid and Sevilla among the Spanish contingent in the quarter-finals.

Madrid and Sevilla enjoyed impressive wins over Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United respectively and Iniesta is keen to steer clear of Barca's La Liga counterparts in Friday's draw.

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"I want to avoid the Spaniards because we know each other too well," he added.

"We achieved the goal of reaching the quarter-finals against a tough opponent like Chelsea and that's our happiness."

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