Andres Iniesta signs new two-year deal with Vissel Kobe on his 37th birthday

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 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

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

Iniesta left Barcelona in 2018 with nine La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns

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Japanese firm designs portable fish tanks for seafood lovers to take their dinner home alive 

Now that’s FRESH sushi! Japanese firm designs portable fish tanks for seafood lovers to take their dinner home alive

  • A new device named the ‘Katsugyo bag’ is being developed by inventors in Japan
  • The design features a transparent tube and temperature gauge to carry fish
  • It is designed to show off extravagantly expensive seafood bought at markets
  • Social media users joked that they would take their pet fish for a walk instead

A new hand-held accessory that doubles up as a portable fish tank is set to launch in Japan.

The bonkers new device – known as a ‘Katsugyo bag’ allows wearers to show off their expensive market-bought fish as they carry it home.

The product will launch as soon as it has passed testing. 

An Instagram page showcasing the unusual design already as thousands of followers with many asking about the cost.

A caption for the handheld tank claims the product is being developed by a company named MA Corporation.

The post reads in Japanese:  ‘Under development – this fish bag, a product that carries fish ‘live’. 

The unusual device named the ‘Katsugyo bag’ is set to launch in Japan by a company named ‘MA Corporation’

The portable tank will launch as soon as developers have finished 'verifying' and testing the product with operation checks

The portable tank will launch as soon as developers have finished ‘verifying’ and testing the product with operation checks

The product allows users to carry around their pet fish or any aquamarine animal bought at a market

The product allows users to carry around their pet fish or any aquamarine animal bought at a market

‘Bring the fish you caught and the live fish you bought at the market to your home. We are working to spread live fish.’  

The handheld fish tank is shaped in a long tube with a transparent middle section to show off the fish with a handle on top and gauge that monitors the oxygen saturation of the water. 

Another Instagram post caption reads: ‘It is divided into two units of the body, and when you put in fish, you can remove the aquarium, store the fish, then connect it to the main body and turn on the power.

‘You can carry the fish, so it is relatively easy to use. Oxygen supply and water temperature maintenance are possible. 

The tank comes in a long tube shape with a handle at the top like a bag and a gauge to monitor the saturation of the water

The tank comes in a long tube shape with a handle at the top like a bag and a gauge to monitor the saturation of the water

The main body of the device will carry a power supply with oxygen and water temperature maintenance

The main body of the device will carry a power supply with oxygen and water temperature maintenance 

‘We will work on the design in detail whilst verifying performance and carrying out an operation check.

‘Let’s dream of a world where it is natural to carry a product like this.’

No details were offered of how long the power is expected to last.

Users on Twitter were left in stitches at the unusual design and joked they would take their pet fish for a walk in it.

One user posted a picture of the ‘fish bag’ and wrote: ‘BRB, just taking a fish for a walk…This specially designed Japanese bag is a portable fish tank that lets pet owners take their favourite fish on a walk.’

Users were left baffled and amused with by the bizarre design, with one asking if they were a bad fish-owner if they didn't take theirs for a walk

Users were left baffled and amused with by the bizarre design, with one asking if they were a bad fish-owner if they didn’t take theirs for a walk

The expected release date and price have not yet been disclosed but the account for the product has thousands of followers on Instagram waiting to purchase it

The expected release date and price have not yet been disclosed but the account for the product has thousands of followers on Instagram waiting to purchase it

Another wrote: ‘Am I a bad fish owner if I don’t take my fish on a walk?’

One more, clearly baffled commented: ‘Take your fish for a walk… I have no words’, whilst another simply wrote: ‘But does your fish need to go on a walk?’ 

Many others on Instagram commented to ask where and when they could purchase the product.

A release date and price for the finished product has not yet been disclosed. 

A translation of ‘Katsugyo’ refers to a restaurant tank in which live shellfish and lobster are kept in.

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Lions Tour: Premiership agree to release players in June ahead of South Africa tour

Lions agree deal with the Premiership to release players for warm-up match against Japan in June after domestic season ends as Warren Gatland’s side receive a huge boost ahead of South Africa tour

  • The Gallagher Premiership has agreed to release players ahead of the Lions tour 
  • Players faced missing out on warm-up match v Japan if officials blocked them 
  • Warren Gatland feared the team’s preparations could be harmed as a result
  • PRL said negotiations were never purely about money and wished the Lions well 

The British and Irish Lions have reached an agreement with the Gallagher Premiership over the release of players for the pre-tour Test against Japan at Murrayfield on June 26.

Warren Gatland had revealed that the prospect of stars from the English top flight being unavailable for the warm-up game might harm their chances of being selected for the tour to South Africa.

But Premiership Rugby Limited has announced that players will be released at the conclusion of their domestic commitments, enabling them to take part in the training camp in Jersey and the Japan match.

Gallagher Premiership has confirmed it will release players to join up with the Lions in June 

The regular Premiership season finishes on June 14 and while those involved in the play-offs can only join up with the Lions once their club duties are over, all others are now available to Gatland.

‘We are very grateful to Premiership Rugby and PRO14 for the release of players after they have concluded their domestic commitments,’ Lions chairman Jason Leonard said.

A refusal to grant release would have affected not only England stars but also Scotland and Wales internationals such as Dan Biggar, Stuart Hogg and Taulupe Faletau, who are competing in the top flight.

‘We know how much the Lions tour means to rugby fans and players and we wish the Lions every success. We are sure our players will make a huge contribution,’ a PRL statement read.

The decision is a huge boost to boss Warren Gatland, who was concerned about preparations

The decision is a huge boost to boss Warren Gatland, who was concerned about preparations 

‘Throughout the negotiations, Premiership Rugby has sought a solution that works for everyone – the players, the clubs and the Lions.

‘This discussion was never just about money. Premiership clubs are at the very heart of English rugby – helping to nurture the pipeline of talent which supports the international game and future Lions tours.

‘It is essential that we are properly consulted – and our position respected – when fixtures are scheduled which impact the domestic season.

PRL said it understood the importance of the Lions but that it was important to find a solution

PRL said it understood the importance of the Lions but that it was important to find a solution 

‘The Lions warm-up match against Japan falls outside of the World Rugby regulation nine window for release of players for international rugby, which is in breach of what was agreed in San Francisco in 2017.

‘The Japan game also clashes with the highlight of our season, the Premiership final.

‘For future Lions tours, Premiership Rugby will not release players until after the Premiership final.

‘We will continue to honour our commitments around player-release, under regulation nine, and encourage all parties in rugby to work more closely to avoid situations like this happening in the future.’ 

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