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Thomas Vermaelen joins Vissel Kobe

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The defender has swapped clubs

FBL-JPN-VISSEL Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona have confirmed that defender Thomas Vermaelen has joined Vissel Kobe.

The centre-back becomes the latest ex-Barca player to head to the J-League side, joining Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Sergi Samper at the club.

Vermaelen joined Barcelona in 2014 but has been plagued by injury during his time with the Catalan giants.

He played just 53 games in total throughout his Barca career but still ended up winning a host of titles, including the Champions League and four La Liga crowns.

Good luck for the future Thomas Vermaelen!