Iniesta Completes Vissel Kobe Move

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has completed his move to Japanese top-flight side Vissel Kobe after he ended his 22-year stay at the Catalan Club.

Iniesta, 34, rejected several offers to join Vissel Kobe due to the fact that they showed they had “trust and confidence” in him.

The Spanish World Cup winner disclosed this while he was speaking about his new club.

Iniesta, who is reportedly on a $30m (£22.9m) annual salary, said: “I had a lot of offers, other clubs showed an interest in me.”

“I chose Vissel Kobe because it was an interesting project.”

He added: “There was also a lot of trust and confidence in me as a person and also as a player – that was a big reason.”

Kobe owner Hiroshi Mikitani added: “I am confident Iniesta’s philosophy, leadership and DNA will be a terrific inspiration, not only for Kobe but Japanese football society.”

“We look forward to Iniesta not only strengthening the team’s performance but also contributing to the development of the next generation of players through the introduction of the Iniesta methodology to the youth academy.

“We believe his decision to come to Japan will have a major impact, not just on Vissel Kobe, but on football in Japan and Asia.” he concluded.