The midfielder left Barcelona earlier this month
Andres Iniesta has signed for Visse Kobe. The club announced the news at a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday where he appeared along with Kobe’s billionaire owner Hiroshi Mikitani.
The Spain International left Barcelona earlier this month after spending 22 years with them . He has been at the club throughout his career and has been a selfless servant for them, winning 9 La Liga titles and 4 Champions League.
The 33 year old admitted that he rejected many offers to choose Visse Kobe as they have shown trust and confidence in him.
“I had a lot of offers, other clubs showed an interest in me,” said the midfielder as quoted by Sky Sports
“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.”
Mikitani said: “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,”
“I am confident Iniesta’s philosophy, leadership and DNA will be a terrific inspiration, not only for Kobe but Japanese football society.”
He 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.”
He further added: “Iniesta will raise the profile of Japanese football globally and we are working on activities to leverage his presence here and promote the J-League worldwide.
“I am very proud to see this day come. We will do everything in our power to support Iniesta during his time in Japan and show us all his beautiful, inspiring play.”
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