On 24 May, Vissel Kobe has announced that they have agreed to sign Spanish International midfielder Andres Iniesta. A press-conference was held on the same day with Vissel Kobe Chairman Hiroshi Mikitani and Iniesta sharing the podium.
During the question and answer session, he explained what made him decide to sign with Kobe and what he likes about Japan.
“Today is a very special day. This is a significant challenge for me. My family is very happy for this opportunity to come to Japan. We would like to progress within this project. I will like to devote myself to spread not only this club, but J.League throughout Asia. Japan is one of my favorite counties. I will like to get used to the Japanese culture as soon as possible. “
--What do you think of Japanese football?
“I respect Japanese football, including the players. My impression of Japanese football is that, the skill level is at a high level and the players uses their head. They also utilize combinations. I am very familiar with the J.League and the Japan National Team. I am here in Japan to display my football, and by doing so, I sincerely hope that it will help the overall development of Japanese football. “
--What made you decide to play in Japan, and for Vissel Kobe?
“I was blessed with many offers. The reason I chose Kobe over the other offers was that I was very interested in the project presented by them. They have also showed great amount of trust for me. I think Japan is a great country and their culture is wonderful as well. I hope to get used to the country and contribute to the team.”
--What do you like about Japan?
“Everything. I love the people here. I think it is important for me to get used to the culture as soon as possible.”