In a surprising turn of events, Andres Iniesta, the renowned Barcelona legend, won’t be reuniting with his former teammate Lionel Messi in the USA. Instead, he is on the verge of signing with UAE Pro League outfit Emirates Club FC.
The anticipated move sees Iniesta making his way to Dubai, where he is expected to finalize a deal with Emirates Club FC based in Ras Al-Khaimah. Reports from Fernando Polo suggest that the Spanish midfielder’s contract will span until June 2024, with the added provision of a potential one-year extension.
Having concluded his contract with J-League’s Vissel Kobe earlier this summer, Iniesta currently stands as a free agent. Despite being linked to a potential move to Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Inter Miami on a two-year term, where a reunion with his former Barcelona companion Lionel Messi seemed promising, Iniesta has instead opted to remain in the Asian football sphere. His decision leads him to join the ranks of the UAE Pro League with Emirates Club FC.
Notably, Inter Miami has managed to assemble a star-studded roster for the current season, securing the signatures of three former Barcelona luminaries: Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba. While the prospect of Iniesta joining the mix was enticing, his path has taken an unexpected turn toward the UAE.
Emirates Club FC is gearing up to embark on its journey in the upcoming UAE Pro League 2023/24 season. The club’s first match is scheduled to take place on August 19 against Al-Wasl.
In a twist that caught many by surprise, the anticipated reunion of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta in the USA won’t come to fruition, as Iniesta is on the brink of commencing a new chapter with Emirates Club FC in the United Arab Emirates. As he takes his talents to Dubai, football fans worldwide will be watching closely to witness the impact of this remarkable move on both Iniesta’s career and the UAE Pro League.