Belgian international defender Thomas Vermaelen joins former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta at J-League side Vissel Kobe

33-year-old Vermaelen, whose contract with Barcelona has now expired, will team up with David Silva, Lukas Podolski and his former Barca captain Andres Iniesta

Agence France-Presse July 26, 2019 16:25:42 IST
Belgian international defender Thomas Vermaelen joins former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta at J-League side Vissel Kobe
  • Belgian international defender Thomas Vermaelen has become the latest high profile player to move to Japanese team Vissel Kobe, according to a report in the Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws

  • The 33-year-old, whose contract with Barcelona has now expired, will team up with David Silva, Lukas Podolski and his former Barca captain Andres Iniesta

  • Vermaelen began his career at Ajax before moving on to Arsenal and Barcelona with a loan spell at Roma

Brussels: Belgian international defender Thomas Vermaelen has become the latest high profile player to move to Japanese team Vissel Kobe, according to a report in the Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws.

Belgian international defender Thomas Vermaelen joins former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta at JLeague side Vissel Kobe

File image of Thomas Vermaelen. Reuters

The 33-year-old, whose contract with Barcelona has now expired, will team up with David Silva, Lukas Podolski and his former Barca captain Andres Iniesta.

Vermaelen, who is reported to have turned down an offer to join Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht, passed his medical and visited the club's training complex.

Vermaelen began his career at Ajax before moving on to Arsenal and Barcelona with a loan spell at Roma.

He has played 74 times for Belgium, most recently in the 3-0 Euro qualifier win against Scotland in June.

Vissel Kobe are currently 15th in the 18-team J-league.

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