Iniesta settles on Japan

Andres Iniesta has agreed a deal to join J. League outfit Vissel Kobe, it has been confirmed in Japan.

The Spain international announced he was leaving Barcelona this summer after 22 years with the club, and Japan’s national broadcaster NHK has reported that the 34-year-old has come to an agreement with the player and his advisors.

Vissel, currently lying sixth in the first division, are owned by Japanese internet giants Rakuten, a company that is a shirt sponsor of Barcelona.

Last year, Vissel signed striker Lukas Podolski from Galatasaray, although the Germany international is sidelined until the end of June with a calf muscle injury.

Iniesta’s move is expected to be officially ratified on Thursday and he could be presented the same day, when his three-year contract will be announced.

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