Andres Iniesta has put pen-to-paper on a deal with J-League side Vissel Kobe, the club have confirmed.
The Spanish international called time on his 22-year career with Barcelona last weekend, ending on a high with a superb performance against Real Sociedad to complete the Catalan club’s excellent league campaign.
Having left the Camp Nou – multiple reports surfaced claiming Iniesta had offers from Qatar, MLS and Japan.
And, it has now been confirmed that he has joined Vissel Kobe on a three-year contract.
NHK reported that an agreement with the player and his advisors on Thursday morning, with the midfielder jetting into Japan to sign on the dotted line.
Vissel, sit sixth in the first division and are owned by Japanese internet giants Rakuten, a company that is a shirt sponsor of Iniesta’s former club, Barca.
Last summer, Vissel signed former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski from Galatasaray but the German international is currently injured.
Iniesta is now expected to being training with the Asian club instantly and look to make his debut after his country’s World Cup in Russia.
Barcelona, who will miss Iniesta – signed Philippe Coutinho in January and see him as a direct replacement for the World Cup winner.