Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has admitted that he is desperate for Andres Iniesta to stay at the club, but says that his teammate's final decision "will be respected" either way.
Iniesta has made 670 appearances for Barca and won 31 trophies in his 16 years in the first-team fold, and Rakitic wants the Spaniard to prolong his Camp Nou stay after playing a key part in the 5-0 Copa del Rey final win over Sevilla.
"I don't know [if he'll stay]," he told reporters. "I hope he doesn't leave. He knows it, I think fans want him with us as much as I want that, but as I always said he has to make a choice, he has to discuss it with his family. His decision will be respected by all of us."
Iniesta was given a standing ovation from both sets of supporters when substituted at the Wanda Metropolitano as Barca completed the first part of a likely domestic double.