Andres Iniesta has quelled rumours that he could leave Barca by saying that he wants to stay. Rumours around the football world were hinting big bucks City had identified the playmaker as their top transfer window purchase, and that Sheikh Mansour was willing to offer Carlos Tevez and a sizeable cash offering to prise Iniesta away from the Catalan club.

Although it would seem ludicrous to part with such an integral part of Barcelona’s extraordinary team, there were whispers the club would listen to offers because of their mounting debts.

Since then Barcelona chiefs have played down the speculation, insisting the 26-year-old is not for sale at any price.