Iniesta: 'I wish I continued playing at Barcelona'
- Andres shares a touching letter with the club.
- He is getting emotional when describing the way he was leaving Barca.
- The Spaniard is looking forward to the pre-season fixture between his side Vissel Kobe and Barcelona on July 27.
Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta shares his deepest feelings regarding his past Barcelona exit and tells about the current state of things in his family.
"I wish I could've continued playing at FC Barcelona for the rest of my career, alongside all the friends I have in the dressing room, in the magnificent stadium that is the Camp Nou, with the affection of the fans and playing in great competitions like La Liga and the Champions League.
But there are moments in life where you have to make decisions. I already made one at 12 years of age, with the support of my family, when I left Fuentealbilla to go to La Masia. I did it again a year ago, with the support of my extended family once more. I came to Japan to continue enjoying football, and that's what I'm doing because it's what I like the most."
Barcelona youth players collage (1996/97)
Andres anticipates the sold-out during the match between Vissel Kobe and FC Barcelona on July 27 in Kobe.
"The atmosphere in the stadiums is really amazing. You will see that when we play against Barça on July 27th in Kobe, because the Noevir Stadium will surely be full."
"It will be strange to have Busi, Jordi Alba and Rakitic in opposition, it will be strange to play against the team of my life and it will be a day of many emotions for me. Hopefully, we will all enjoy it, and that the fans of Vissel Kobe have fun watching a great game."
Andres Iniesta spent 17 years at Barcelona and won 32 titles during this process. His trophy cabinet includes four Champions League and nine La Liga crowns. During this run, he made 674 first-team appearances for the Catalan giants in all competitions and scored 57 goals. Iniesta has never received a single red career during his illustrious career.
The enigmatic midfielder left the Catalan giants last summer. He joined Japanese side Vissel Kobe and keeps proving his worth there with three goals and six assists in 23 matches. Moreover, he has been recently handed a captain armband.