INIETSA SIGNS FOR JAPAN’S VISSEL KOBE
Barcelona legend and Spanish international, Andres Iniesta ended rumours surrounding his future Thursday when he penned a contract with Japanese side, Vissel Kobe.
The 34 years old midfielder was seen with the club’s president and owner, Hiroshi Mikitani in his private jet on social media earlier in the week, fueling rumours of a deal. But he was finally unveiled Thursday. Iniesta said he had different offers but opted for Kobe because they showed “trust and confidence” in him.
"I had a lot of offers, other clubs showed an interest in me," said Iniesta.
"I chose Vissel Kobe because it was an interesting project," he added.
He is reported to be on an annual salary of $30 million.
Mr. Mikitani said Iniesta was brought in to inspire and help the next generation of players. The Club Owner said:
"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."