By Chineze Ogugua
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has been officially unveiled by Japanese J-league side Vissel Kobe few days after calling it quit with his boyhood club.
Iniesta was paraded today at a press conference in Tokyo.
In his words immediately after penning a contract, he said: “This is a very special day for me. This is a very important challenge for my career. I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude for your trust in this project.”
“There were many offers. I’d like to thank the other clubs who showed an interest. The reason I chose Vissel is because this is a very interesting project. They trusted me as a player.”
“Japan is amazing, the culture is good. I’d like to get used to Japan, enjoy the life here and get into the team.”
Interestingly, the club’s chairman, Hiroshi Mikitani is the chief executive of Japanese electronics company Rakuten, who are Barcelona’s shirt sponsors.
A graduate of the famous La Masia academy, the 32-year old had a successful 22 years with Barca in which he won 36 titles including nine La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns.
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