Andres Iniesta is officially a Vissel Kobe player the Japanese club announced on Thursday.
The former Barcelona midfielder (how weird does that sound?) posted a picture of himself en route to Japan last night and it’s now all signed, sealed and delivered.
ようこそイニエスタ！— ヴィッセル神戸 (@vissel_kobe) May 24, 2018
Iniesta seja bem vindo!
잘오셨어요 이니에스타 !https://t.co/fXn41SrydR#vissel #BienvenidoIniesta #iniesta #WeAreKobe @andresiniesta8 pic.twitter.com/ok1mettKqj
Vissel Kobe also released a statement to accompany Iniesta’s signing.
“By giving both fans and players the opportunity to see Iniesta’s world-class play style and technique, we believe his decision to come to Japan will have a major impact on not just Vissel Kobe, but on football in Japan as well as the whole of Asia. As the ‘New Vissel Kobe,’ we will work to achieve our goal of the becoming the No.1 club in Asia.
His arrival in Japan will raise the profile of Japanese football globally, and we are already working on multiple activities to leverage his presence here and promote the J.League around the world.”
Source | ESPN
Barcelona were also quick to send Iniesta a good luck message after the move was confirmed.
@andresiniesta8 good luck for your new adventure in Japan with @vissel_kobe!— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 24, 2018
We are sure the fans will enjoy your magic
We will follow you via Barça and @FCBarcelona_JP!
Good luck in Japan Don Andres!