Tokyo: Spanish international midfielder Andres Iniesta has signed a deal with Japanese football club Vissel Kobe, Japan’s state news agency NHK reported on Wednesday, confirming growing speculation about the player’s move to the J-League after ending his 22-year-long career at Barcelona.

Iniesta, who was set to travel to Japan later on Wednesday, could be officially introduced on Thursday at an event in Tokyo.

The two-time European champion and scorer of the only goal in Spain’s World Cup final victory against the Netherlands, played his last game for Barcelona on Sunday and received an emotional farewell from the club and fans.

He is set to start at his new club after playing for Spain in the upcoming World Cup in Russia.