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Andres Iniesta signs for Japanese side Vissel Kobe

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has signed for Vissel Kobe. Credit: PA

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has signed for Vissel Kobe, the Japanese club have announced.

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has signed for Japanese side Vissel Kobe after bringing the curtain down on his brilliant Barcelona career.

The 34-year-old playmaker left the Catalan giants after landing his ninth LaLiga title with the club. He also secured a host of other honours, including four Champions League triumphs.

A World Cup winner with Spain in 2010, Iniesta captained Barcelona during his final three seasons at the club.

Vissel Kobe, coached by Takayuki Yoshida, sit sixth in the Japanese top flight after 15 games of their season, already 15 points behind runaway leaders Sanfrecce Hiroshima.