Andres Iniesta could be reunited with his former teammate and friend, David Villa, at NYC FC. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)

Spanish international Andres Iniesta reportedly has turned down an offer to play in the Chinese Super League, which still leaves the door open for him to play with New York City FC, Don Balon reported.

Iniesta nixed a $34.5 million offer.

The Spanish newspaper reported that Iniesta has refused to talk about renewing his contract with Barcelona.

If Iniesta, who turns 34 on May 11, does agree to join City, he would be reunited with former Barca and national team teammate and friend David Villa, who captains the Major League Soccer side.

Iniesta was a key performer for La Roja in its run to the 2019 World Cup title.

He has made more than 400 appearances with Barcelona since 2002, scoring 24 goals.

Iniesta also has represented Spain 115 times with 12 goals.

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