Andres Iniesta expected to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe
Last Updated: 24/05/18 9:01am
Andres Iniesta says he will be moving to Japan and is expected to sign for Vissel Kobe.
Iniesta, 34, played his 674th and final game for La Liga champions Barcelona on Sunday as they beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in the final game of the season.
The Spain midfielder lifted the league trophy and addressed supporters at the Nou Camp after the final whistle.
He tweeted on Wednesday evening while pictured on a flight with Vissel Kobe chairman Hiroshi Mikitani, saying: "Heading to my new home, with my friend."
Vissel Kobe have announced a news conference for Thursday where the J-League club are expected to confirm the signing of the midfielder.
They signed German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski in 2017 and according to reports from Spain they beat off competition from Australia's A-League to sign Iniesta.
During his 16 years at Barcelona, the 34-year-old won nine Liga titles and the Champions League on four occasions.
He also won the World Cup and two European Championships with Spain and he will represent one more as part of Julen Lopetegui's squad at the World Cup in Russia this summer.
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