Andres Iniesta is set to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe following his departure from ​Barcelona after a 16-year spell at the Nou Camp.


​He is expected to sign a three-year-deal and according to ​the Independent, the transfer is set to be finalised and announced on Thursday. The Spaniard posted a picture on his Instagram account showing him on a plane with the caption: " Heading to my new home, with my friend ⚽ ✈️ "

Vissel Kobe currently find themselves sixth in the J1 League and have been a part of the top  flight since 2014 when they secured their return to the first division after one season in the J2 League. 


Currently captained by former ​Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski, they are yet to win the J1 League title, however their hopes will receive a heavy boost with the signing of Iniesta.

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The 33-year-old ended his career at Barcelona with a win as they defeated Real Sociedad ​1-0 in their final game of the season on Sunday - having made 674 appearances for the Catalans. Then after saying his goodbyes to the staff and players, Iniesta flew to Japan to discuss personal terms.

​It's been an emotional week for the midfielder who also received a call-up to the Spanish World Cup squad. It'll be his third World Cup campaign with the national team - having won the competition in 2010 - and continues to be a key player for Julen Lopetegui's side. 

​He'll always be a legend at Barcelona and will be viewed as an icon in European football, however the Spaniard isn't ready to hang his boots up just yet as he sets himself for a new challenge. He will then re-join the national team on Monday to continue his World Cup preparation.

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