Andres Iniesta, a former Barcelona midfielder, announced on Tuesday that he has extended his deal with Vissel Kobe for another two years and that he intends to continue working to make the Japanese club the best in Asia.
Iniesta, who turned 37 on Tuesday, signed a three-year deal with Kobe after leaving Barcelona, where he won nine La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles.
Since Iniesta's arrival in the J-League, Kobe has won their first trophy, the Emperor's Cup, and qualified for the AFC Champions League for the first time in their 55-year history in 2020.
"I will keep persisting with taking on this challenge with the same passion and drive I felt three years ago," Iniesta said at the press conference announcing the renewal.
Hiroshi Mikitani, the CEO of Vissel Kobe owner Rakuten, at the news conference, said, "I strongly believe that his philosophy and his attitude will not just inspire young football athletes, but also Japan as a whole."