The partnership of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta on the pitch helped Barcelona achieve great heights. Widely regarded as two of the best midfielders of the modern generation, the Barça duo won almost every trophy possible with club and country and firmly etched their names in the history of the game.
Now, Xavi is back at Barça, in a managerial capacity while Iniesta is in the final phase of his playing career with Japanese outfit Vissel Kobe.
Ever since Xavi returned to Camp Nou last year, there has been talk about Iniesta coming back to Barcelona as well, in some capacity.
During a recent interview with SPORT, the former Spanish international was directly asked if he would be open to returning to Barcelona as an assistant to his ex-teammate and partner-in-crime, Xavi.
In response, Iniesta said: “I think that what we Culés want is for the team to win, no matter if Xavi-Iniesta is there or whatever. No, let’s see, I won’t say it’s impossible but it’s very difficult because of the times, moments, and so on.
“I just want this Barça to win again, to be good, to find the good line that we all like. As for me, we’ll see what happens in the future, hopefully, I can come back from something here.”
At the same time, Iniesta also commented on the situation of another of his former midfield partner, Sergio Busquets. The 34-year-old recently announced retirement from international football after Spain’s exit from the World Cup and is likely to leave Barça in the summer.
Busquets copped a lot of criticism for Spain’s failings in Qatar. But, Iniesta insisted that the veteran is still very much capable of performing at the highest level, as he said:
“I, apart from the fact that I am far away from here and I do not live the day-to-day of what is said, I can not say anything about Busi other than what he is and what he continues to be as a player. He is not outdated, he is the captain of Barça, so far of the national team.”
Until the last day he will continue giving the level and being the example he is. There will come a day when he will have to leave, but that is the law of life.”