Andres Iniesta opens up on his new life in Japan

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta revealed it’s been a difficult few months in East Asia

The 34-year-old playmaker ended a 22-year association with Barcelona at the end of last season in favour of a switch to Vissel Kobe.

Since retiring from international duty for Spain after their last-16 World Cup exit, Iniesta has made 13 appearances in the Japanese J1 League.

The Spaniard has got on the scoresheet twice and assisted three times in Japan, but admits settling in has been a challenging yet positive experience.

“When you are changing a lot of things in your life, you need some time to adapt,” said Iniesta, according to Sky Sports.

“It’s been a very intense few months after playing in the World Cup. I tried to adapt to my team-mates, the league, and the country as fast as I could.

“I think in general it’s being a very positive few months, despite I would rather prefer to be in another position.

“We have to learn from our mistakes and think about next season, do everything better from the beginning.”

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11th-place Vissel Kobe will play their final J-League game of the current campaign against Vegalta Sendai on Saturday.

But a mid-table finish is not something that Iniesta is accustomed to after a trophy-laden career at Barcelona and Spain.

“About our last game, we want to win for our fans, and finish the season in a good way,” he said.

“I think the team need to sign a few players, and I think the club is looking into it.

“It is not just because we finished in this position, is also because every year any club need to do it in order to improve.

“I think we have a great squad. We suffered a few changes and that always creates some doubts, but I see some young players with a lot of quality and with a great future.

“I am sure that next year if we start the season doing everything in the right way, Vissel is going to be fighting for titles.

“For me, it’s an important challenge and I am looking forward to help Vissel to become an important team in the league.”

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