The Spanish 24-year-old midfielder has joined former teammate Andres Iniesta at Japanese club Vissel Kobe.
Sergi Samper’s career at Spanish La Liga club Barcelona was not an illustrious one.
He debuted with the B team in 2013, playing during three years where he appeared in 103 matches.
He got his first chance at first-team football in the 2014-2015 Copa del Rey, playing three matches there.
But his progress with the Blaugrana was cut short with two loans: Granada and Las Palmas.
Now, he has chosen to leave Barça and joined Japanese team Vissel Kobe where his former teammate Andres Iniesta is.
“Yes, Andres has been key,” Samper admitted according to Spanish media outlet Marca.
“He called me many times and told me Japan was a great place to develop.”
“Gerard [Pique] was the one who gave me the news, and I’m very grateful for that,” he continued.
“It wasn’t an easy decision, going to Japan at 24 wasn’t something I had thought about.”
“I’ve seen what is behind the project,” he explained.
“I have seen that I can feel loved and valued again, I’m focused on the present.”
“I haven’t had good luck, injuries have been a burden for me,” Samper said.
“You never know what might have happened without them. I’m convinced things would have gone better for me, although you’re never sure.”
Samper will now play together with Iniesta, Spain’s David Villa, and Germany’s Lukas Podolski.
March 2nd, 2019
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