Quique Setién: "Iniesta, don't go to China, come to Betis!"

The coach, whose Betis side take on Atlético at the Wanda Metropolitano tonight, was half joking but half serious about poaching Iniesta.

El técnico del Betis Quique Setién pidió a Andrés Iniesta, jugador del Barcelona, que no se marche a China este verano y se decida por el Benito Villamarín.

With the terrace chants "Iniesta, Iniesta" during last night's Copa del Rey final still ringing in the ears, the Wanda Metropolitano welcomes Betis this evening as hosts Atlético de Madrid seek to extend their impressive home record. Betis boss Quique Setién joined in the tributes to the Barcelona No.8 who was on target in the 0-5 victory and given a standing ovation as he left the pitch: "Iniesta, please, don't go to China, come to Betis", the coach wrote on Twitter.

Iniesta scores

Cruyff fan

Setién is a huge admirer of the late Johan Cruyff's philosophy on the game and of Barcelona's style of football in general, so it's no surprise that he is also a big fan of Iniesta. The midfielder is playing out his final days as a barcelonista and will be continuing his professional career in the Far East.

Standing ovation for Andrés Iniesta at the Wanda.

One of the greatest Spanish players of all-time

At 34 , Iniesta is set to move on after having played a key part in many of the important chapters in Spanish football history - both with the national team and especially with Barcelona. While Setién and a host of other coaches in LaLiga dream, it seems that Iniesta could never play for another Spanish club than wasn't Barça - not even a special club like Betis.

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
4Valencia 66 20 6 8
5Betis 55 17 4 12
6Villarreal 51 15 6 12
Full standing
Next matches
Atlético - Betis D-22/04 20:45
Betis - Málaga L-30/04 21:00
Athletic - Betis S-05/05 16:15

*Update 22 de abril de 2018