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Andres Iniesta signs with Japan’s Vissel Kobe

Andres Iniesta has signed with Japanese club Vissel Kobe after leaving boyhood club FC Barcelona.

football Updated: May 24, 2018 14:07 IST
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Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta poses with Hiroshi Mikitani, owner of Vissel Kobe, at a news conference to announce signing for J-League side Vissel Kobe in Tokyo.(REUTERS)

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has signed with Japanese side Vissel Kobe, kicking off a new chapter in his career after a storied 16 years with Barcelona, the J.League club said on Thursday.

The 34-year-old former Barcelona captain, who had spent his entire career with the Spanish giants, was introduced at a news conference in Tokyo by Kobe owner Hiroshi Mikitani.

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Ahead of the official announcement, Iniesta had posted on Instagram a photo of himself and Mikitani with a message that he was “heading to my new home”.

Mikitani is also the head of Barca’s main sponsor Rakuten.

First Published: May 24, 2018 14:04 IST