Andres Iniesta expected to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe

Andres Iniesta says he will be moving to Japan and is expected to sign for Vissel Kobe.

Iniesta, 34, played his 674th and final game for La Liga champions Barcelona on Sunday as they beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in the final game of the season.

The Spain midfielder lifted the league trophy and addressed supporters at the Nou Camp after the final whistle.

Andres Iniesta reduced his teammates to tears as he addressed the Camp Nou after his final game for Barcelona.

He tweeted on Wednesday evening while pictured on a flight with Vissel Kobe chairman Hiroshi Mikitani, saying: “Heading to my new home, with my friend.”

They signed German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski in 2017 and according to reports from Spain they beat off competition from Australia’s A-League to sign Iniesta.

During his 16 years at Barcelona, the 34-year-old won nine Liga titles and the Champions League on four occasions.

He also won the World Cup and two European Championships with Spain and he will represent one more as part of Julen Lopetegui’s squad at the World Cup in Russia this summer.