Chelsea, Andres Iniesta, it sounds crazy – doesn’t it?
As reported by 90min, Iniesta’s contract with Barcelona comes to an end next summer, and there are major question marks as to whether he will put pen-to-paper on a contract extension with the Catalan giants. Iniesta may well be interested in a new challenge, and Chelsea can provide him with that.
Now I know what you’re thinking, the man denied us a Champions League final in 2009, the thought of him pulling on the Chelsea shirt makes you sick to the stomach. Put your bitterness aside, and from a purely professional point of view, it could make perfect sense.
Iniesta has made 684 appearances at club level, as well as 119 for the Spanish national team. He has won 31 pieces of silverware as a footballer, making him one of the most decorated footballers currently playing. Not to mention he has been both a european and world champion at both club and international level. That experience could be invaluable, especially after the departures of Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry.
He still has plenty to offer, he remains one of the best midfielders in the world. Consider the impact that both Deco and Juliano Belletti had at Chelsea, arriving in the latter stages of their careers yet still showcasing their world-class ability.
Chelsea should be looking to offer Iniesta a short-term contract, providing him with the opportunity to remain competitive in the best league in the world, and continue to fill his trophy cabinet. It could prove to be a great move for all parties.