€40m Manchester United transfer target 'upset' over contract talks in Spain

Andres Iniesta

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta has described himself as upset during negotiations over his new contract, as links to Manchester United and Manchester City emerged.

Reported Manchester United target Andres Iniesta has revealed that talk in the media over his recent new contract has upset him.

The football world has been covered with stories relating to the Barcelona star’s future, with suggestions that he could have left the Nou Camp if he’d failed to agree a new deal with the Spanish club.

One of the sides linked strongly with him has been Manchester United, a side that needs a top quality midfield man and a side that could afford to pay the reported €40 million fee he would have cost.

However, the Spaniard has revealed that him leaving the club was never an issue and he was disgruntled with the amount of speculation in the press before he agreed his three-year extension.

“The only thing that upset me was all the talk that was stirred up. I'm a very laid-back person and I don't like talk, because sometimes people read or hear something and believe what they read,” said the playmaker as per Marca.

United, and any other side that was looking at him, will now have to go back to the drawing board and look at other midfield targets who are available this month and leading up to after the World Cup in the summer.

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Iniesta has been a Barcelona icon over the last few years so it would have been a massive surprise if he had left the club although it would have been a tremendous coup for the side that got him.

As his current deal stands, he won’t be available until the summer of 2018 by which time he’ll be well into his 30s and he looks like an odds on bet to finish his career with the club where he’s created his world class reputation.

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