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'It was the right decision' - Barcelona legend Iniesta has no regrets over Japan move

4:35 PM GMT 13/01/2023
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Andres Iniesta insisted that it was "the right moment" to move to Japan, after the player left Barcelona for Vissel Kobe in 2018.
  • Iniesta joined Vissel Kobe in 2018
  • Entering last year of contract
  • Has won two trophies with the team

WHAT HAPPENED? The Barcelona legend elected to leave the Catalan club in May 2018, after celebrating a La Liga win. He penned a three year contract with Japanese side Vissel Kobe shortly after, and extended his deal a further two years after the 2021 season. In an interview with The Athletic, Iniesta insisted he made the correct decision in leaving the club, despite signing a lifetime contract to stay at the Camp Nou.

WHAT THEY SAID: "Moving to Japan was the right decision," Iniesta said. "I had to take it. I was happy and convinced that it was the right moment. And time has, fortunately, shown me that I was correct. It was the right decision on a sporting level and on a family level."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Iniesta formed a deadly midfield partnership with Xavi at Barcelona, featuring in central midfield alongside his fellow Spaniard for 10 years. He ended his Barca career with 601 appearances for the club.

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WHAT NEXT FOR INIESTA? The midfielder's contract expires in 12 months. What happens after that remains to be seen.