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Official: Iniesta signs for Vissel Kobe in Japan

After much speculation, the post-Barça era for Spanish midfielder Andrés Iniesta is to begin in Japan, where he'll join up with Germany's Lukas Podolski.

El centrocampista manchego, Andrés Iniesta, presentado con el Vissel Kobe.

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.

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Iniesta future decided

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.

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.


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