Andres Iniesta looks set to join J-League side Vissel Kobe, after all but confirming the move on social media.
Iniesta played his last game for Barcelona on Sunday, having decided to leave Camp Nou after 16 years at the club, a period in which he won nine La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies.
Early reports suggested the Spain midfielder might be on his way to China to join Chongqing Lifan, but the Chinese Super League side were quick to deny the rumours.
On Wednesday, Iniesta appeared to confirm his next destination after posting a picture of himself on board an aircraft with Japanese billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, the owner of Vissel Kobe and the chief executive of Rakuten, the electronics company that is the shirt sponsor of Barca.
Rumbo a mi nuevo hogar, con mi amigo @hmikitani…🇯🇵⚽ ✈️ 🌍
Heading to my new home, with my friend 🇯🇵⚽ ✈️ 🌍 pic.twitter.com/xeXBw4GYfc
— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) May 23, 2018
“Heading to my new home, with my friend,” Iniesta wrote.
Mikitani also posted a photo to social media, posing with Iniesta prior to the flight with the message: “Going back to Tokyo with my friend.”
これから新しい友達を連れて東京に帰ります！Going back to Tokyo with my friend. pic.twitter.com/7nj8qnwdVr
— 三木谷浩史 H. Mikitani (@hmikitani) May 23, 2018