It's a good time for Iniesta to leave Barca, says father

Now is the moment for Barcelona veteran Andres Iniesta to take the next step in his career, according to his father.

Barcelona great Andres Iniesta   -  Getty Images

Andres Iniesta is set to make a difficult decision but his father Jose Antonio believes the time is right for the Barcelona great to leave the LaLiga giants.

Iniesta celebrated Copa del Rey glory following Saturday's 5-0 demolition of Sevilla as he reportedly nears a move to the Chinese Super League.

The 33-year-old midfielder – who scored in the victory in Madrid – said he will make an announcement on his future "this week" with Chongqing Lifan favourites to sign the Spanish star.

"He's going to make a difficult decision," he said in an interview with Cadena SER.

"If he chooses to leave then you have to respect it.

"I think it's a good time for him to take such a tough step and he intends to announce his decision next week."

Iniesta scored Barca's fourth at the Wanda Metropolitano before he received a standing ovation as he was substituted with two minutes remaining.

"It's good for him to score his first goal in a Copa del Rey final," Iniesta's father said.

"Now the match is over, I'm calmer. My son has done well, he's played in his style."

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