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Iniesta could move to China at the end of the season

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Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta says he is contemplating a move to China at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old has spent his entire career at Barca, but admitted a switch is a possibility after returning from a hamstring injury in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over Chelsea at the Nou Camp.

"Before April 30 I have to make the decision whether I'm still in Barcelona or I'm going to China, I have to assess what is best for me and for the club," Iniesta said.

Iniesta has a "lifetime contract" with Barca as a reward for his years of exceptional service.

Barca are in the Champions League quarter-finals for a record-extending 11th successive season after a 4-1 aggregate win over Chelsea.

Iniesta has won the Champions League four times and is poised to win a ninth LaLiga title this season.

He won the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.


Barcelona airport expansion held up by Messi

Due to restrictions surrounding Messi's house, Barcelona airport's expansion has been held up. Credit: PA

Vueling president Javier Sanchez-Prieto claimed that a new terminal is not possible at Barcelona airport because planes are not allowed to fly over Lionel Messi's house.

There is an environmental restriction over the town of Gava on the outskirts of Barcelona where Messi lives.

Sanchez-Prieto said that the airport's runways are limited "because you cannot pass over where Messi lives" and added "this doesn't happen anywhere else in the world."


Mascherano leaving Barcelona for Hebei Fortune

Javier Mascherano will leave Barcelona this week to join Chinese club Hebei Fortune. Credit: PA

Javier Mascherano's Barcelona career is over after his move to Hebei China was confirmed.

The 33-year-old Argentina international, who played both in midfield and defence for Barca after arriving from Liverpool in 2010, will officially move to the Chinese Super League club on Friday.

LaLiga leaders Barca announced on Wednesday that an agreement had been reached, a day after revealing Mascherano was set to receive "an institutional farewell" from the Nou Camp outfit.

He made 334 appearances for the Catalans, winning 18 trophies including two Champions League titles and four Spanish championships.

Barca's first statement on Tuesday read: "Although he was originally signed as a defensive midfielder, he was used at centre-back to cover for the many injuries in that area of the pitch and did such a good job that he would go on to play just as often in that position as he did in the middle of the park.

"Only three foreigners have ever played more games for Barca than the 'Little Chief', namely Leo Messi, Phillip Cocu and Dani Alves."

San Lorenzo-born Mascherano first arrived in Europe when signing for West Ham from Brazilian club Corinthians in a surprise double deal that also took Carlos Tevez to Upton Park in the summer of 2006. In January 2007 he joined Liverpool, initially on loan, and signed for the Reds on a permanent basis in February 2008.

Hebei China Fortune are managed by former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini and already boast Mascherano's compatriot Ezequiel Lavezzi and former Inter Milan and Juventus midfielder Hernanes in their squad.

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