Andres Iniesta Moves To Vissel Kobe In Japan

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has moved to Vissel Kobe in Japan in a deal worth $30m (£22.39m) annual salary.

The former Barca player stated that he dismissed other offers to make the decision because they showed they had “trust and confidence” in him.

The 34-year-old completed his move to the Japanese top-flight side after leaving Barca, where he spent 22 years winning 32 trophies.

BBC Sport reported the Spanish international to say: “I chose Vissel Kobe because it was an interesting project.”

He added: “There was also a lot of trust and confidence in me as a person and also as a player – that was a big reason.”

Kobe owner Hiroshi Mikitani said Iniesta help the next generation of players.

He said: “I am confident Iniesta’s philosophy, leadership and DNA will be a terrific inspiration, not only for Kobe but Japanese football society.”

Mikitani added: “We look forward to Iniesta not only strengthening the team’s performance but also contributing to the development of the next generation of players through the introduction of the Iniesta methodology to the youth academy.

“We believe his decision to come to Japan will have a major impact, not just on Vissel Kobe, but on football in Japan and Asia.”

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