Though delighted to be in his native Albacete this week with the Spanish national squad, midfielder Andres Iniesta says he has no thought of leaving FC Barcelona.

"I am where I want to be and my place is Barça. The club knows that and wants me to continue, so I expect to spend the years where I want to be," he said in an interview with Movistar: The Voice of the National Team.

Iniesta expressed optimism about Barcelona's prospects under the guidance of Gerardo "Tata" Martino and he defended the new coach's ideas against criticism that they represent a departure from the side's traditional style.

"The idea that he has and conveys is very much tied to what we have always had," Iniesta said.

Barça is 8-0-0 in La Liga, tied with Atletico Madrid at 24 points, but with an edge over the capital club thanks to goal differential.

Regarding starting goalkeeper Victor Valdes' plans to leave Barcelona, Iniesta said the subject was closed.

"Valdes explained his position, his feeling, his decision, and after that the rest is talking for the sake of talk. He made his stance clear," Iniesta said of his teammate. EFE