Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta (39, Vissel Kobe) is looking for a new transfer destination.
Japan’s ‘Nikkan Sports’ reported on the 6th (Korean time) that Iniesta will leave Japan’s J-League Vissel Kobe after 5 years at the end of this summer.
Iniesta, a native of Barcelona youth, led Barcelona in its heyday from 2002 to 2018. Iniesta, who was active in the midfield, achieved the treble twice, won La Liga 9 times and the UEFA Champions League 4 times.
Iniesta had a fantastic career with Spain, winning Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and Euro 2012. He has been recognized as one of the best midfielders in the history of Barcelona as well as Spain.
Then Iniesta moved from Barcelona to Vissel Kobe in the summer of 2018 and drew attention. Vissel Kobe’s owner Hiroshi Mikitani, chairman of Rakuten, led the recruitment of Iniesta and signed a contract worth 75 million euros (approximately 109.2 billion won). 토토사이트
Iniesta led Vissel Kobe to the top of the Emperor’s Cup in 2019 and also won the Super Cup in 2020. However, Iniesta is contracted with Kobe until the end of this season, but it is known that he made a decision ahead of his 39th birthday on the 11th.
The media said, “Iniesta raised Kobe to third place, the highest in the league, in 2021. He also set an example for his colleagues by not being satisfied with his past career. Opportunities have plummeted. Iniesta has made only two appearances in 11 games this season without starting.”
Iniesta is old enough to consider retiring. However, he is known to be expressing his will to extend his active duty. Because of this, the media claims that there is a possibility of transferring to a club in the Middle East or the United States that is interested in him.
Meanwhile, Kobe predicted that this match could be Iniesta’s farewell match as there is a possibility of a friendly against Barcelona on June 6.