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Andres Iniesta pleased to have David Villa at Vissel Kobe

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Andres Iniesta is pleased to have his former Barcelona team-mate David Villa by his side at Vissel Kobe as they to chase silverware next season

The former Spain striker became the latest high-profile footballer to move to Japan after agreeing to join J-League side Vissel Kobe this month.

Villa will reunite with Iniesta at the Japanese top-flight club after once his contract with MLS side New York City expires this month.

The pair won the 2008 European Championships and 2010 World Cup for Spain along with three La Liga titles and one Champions League at Barcelona.

Now Iniesta, who has returned to Barcelona for a holiday, gave his views on Villa’s surprise switch to Japan.

“He wanted a change,” Iniesta told Mundo Deportivo on Villa’s decision.

“He knows there’s me, but he knows more people and he knows he will be at ease.

“This year we’re going to start from scratch. He will contribute goals and his quality will be a plus for the team.”

The 34-year-old, who arrived in Japan in the summer, is thrilled to have a familiar face at Vissel Kobe.

“It’s clear that right now I am new to them and they to me,” said Iniesta.

“There is an adaptation process and having a player I know by my side and with whom I’ve played many matches is a guarantee for me and the team and will allow us to fight for important things.”

Villa scored 80 goals in 124 appearances for New York after arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2014.