Andres Iniesta makes announcement about his Barcelona future

Andres Iniesta broke down in tears as he announced he will leave Barcelona this summer.

The midfielder was supported by his Nou Camp teammates at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

The Spain international, 33, came through the youth system with the club and turned professional in 2001.

Iniesta has enjoyed a glittering career for club and country, and said: "This is my last season here.": "I know what it means to demand what it means to play here year after year. I know what it means to be captain of this club. So, being honest with me and the club, I understand that my stage is over."

Iniesta has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League when his time at Barcelona ends and ruled out a move to another European club.

Chongqing Dangdai Lifan are believed to have won the race for his signature.

He added: "There are still things to be sorted. I have said I will never play against Barca, so I won’t play in Europe. Barca has given me everything."

He has won eight La Liga titles with the club and four Champions Leagues, and scored the only goal as Spain beat Holland to win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Iniesta continued: "My only aim was to be a success at this club and I have done that."

He said never winning the Ballon d’Or was not something he regretted and added: "The magic I’ve been through as a player is enough for me, that’s what I have gained happiness from."

Former Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola paid tribute to Iniesta.

Now in charge at Manchester City, Guardiola said: "I want to say thank you. He helped me understand the game better, just watching him and what he does on the football pitch."

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said of Iniesta: "You have the eternal gratitude of Barca fans and the whole football world. Today is not a farewell, it’s a see you soon."

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