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Iniesta on life in the J-League

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Andres Iniesta has described life in the J-League after completing his first month in Japan

The Spanish playmaker made the heartbreaking decision to leave Barcelona after 17 years in favour of a move to Japanese club Vissel Kobe.

A three-year deal was announced in May this year with Iniesta arriving in Japan shortly after Spain’s World Cup campaign.

The 34-year-old made his J-League for Vissel Kobe on July 22 as a second-half substitute in the club’s 3-0 loss to Shonan Bellmare.

Since then, Iniesta has made five starts for Vissel Kobe in the J-League and his two goals have helped his new side claim three wins in their past five league games.

When asked about the of the J-League, Iniesta told Marca: “It’s a league where you feel that any opponent, even those in the bottom half of the table, can come to your stadium and beat you. And you can beat anyone because it’s such a bold kind of football.”

As for the weather, he added: “I’ve encountered a lot of heat and humidity. Especially at first when you haven’t trained much, you feel that more.”

Iniesta has previously stated a desire to return to Barcelona in some capacity in the future.

“It’s my home and I would like to somehow be able to give back everything that I’ve learned and done in my time there,” he explained.

Vissel Kobe are currently in fifth place in the J-League table.