Andres Iniesta signs new two-year deal with Japanese side Vissel Kobe on his 37th birthday – meaning Barcelona legend is set to continue playing until he’s almost 40
- Andrea Iniesta has confirmed he will continue playing professional football
- The Barcelona legend signed a new two-year deal with Vissel Kobe on Tuesday
- Iniesta penned the deal on his 37th birthday and will continue until almost 40
- Spaniard has lifted the Emperor’s Cup and Japanese Super Cup with Vissel so far
Andres Iniesta has delighted football fans around the world by signing a new two-year deal with Vissel Kobe.
The living football legend will continue on until nearly 40-years-old, after refusing to hang up his boots and putting pen to paper on an extension in Japan.
Iniesta signed the deal on his 37th birthday, as Vissel took to social media to delight in the prolonged stay of the Barcelona icon.
Football legend Andres Iniesta has committed to two more years of playing with Vissel Kobe
Iniesta announced the news on his 37th birthday and says he is excited for the future
Iniesta will now remain at The Noevir Stadium Kobe in a playing capacity until 2023, and says he is already excited about what the future could bring.
After inking his deal on Tuesday, Iniesta said: ‘Three years ago, we announced an exciting project here in Tokyo.
‘The new challenge was a big one for me and my family. I am grateful to the chairman and the people involved in the club for their continued trust even after three years.
Vissel proudly showed off Iniesta on social media after tying the Barcelona legend down
‘Although it was a difficult period, we have built up history, such as winning titles for the club. Today is a special day.
‘The most important thing for me is to feel that people around me value me. I want to continue with the passion I had when I came three years ago.’
Iniesta has amassed 77 appearances across all competitions for Vissel over the past three seasons in Japan, providing 16 goals and 18 assists to the J-League outfit’s cause.
During his time with the Asian club Iniesta has lifted the Emperor’s Cup and Japanese Super Cup.
Iniesta left Barca in 2018, after establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in the modern game.
The World Cup winner departed the Nou Camp with a record of 57 goals and 139 assists in 674 games, winning 30 trophies along the way – including nine La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns.
Iniesta left Barcelona in 2018 with nine La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns