Former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has joined Japanese club Vissel Kobe on a three-year deal.

The Spain international has been Barcelona player since 1996 when he was only 12 and went on to win 32 trophies with the Catalan side.

Club’s owner Hiroshi Mikitani, who appeared posing with Iniesta on Thursday, has revealed that he is happy to have the Spaniard in his side.

“I am pleased to announce today that Andres Iniesta will be signing up to play with Vissel Kobe after his historic career at FC Barcelona,” Mikitani said.

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

“We look forward to Andres 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.”

The former Barcelona captain, who won the 2010 World Cup with Spain in South Africa, will also feature the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer.

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