Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta will go away Vissel Kobe after 5 years on the Japanese membership.
The 39-year-old will play his closing match for the aspect on 1 July, halfway by the J-League season.
Iniesta, who has made simply three substitute appearances up to now this season for league leaders Vissel, has no plans to retire instantly.
“I wish to end my time right here correctly after which see what choices can be found to me,” he mentioned.
“I wish to hold taking part in after which retire whereas I’m nonetheless energetic. That’s troublesome for me to do right here, so I wish to discover a place the place I can finally retire.”
Iniesta joined Vissel in 2018 and has made 133 appearances for the membership, successful Japan’s home Emperor’s Cup in 2019 and the Japanese Tremendous Cup the next 12 months.
That adopted a 22-year profession at Barcelona, the place he gained 32 trophies in 674 senior appearances.
He mentioned selecting to go away Vissel was “one of many hardest selections of my profession”.
“I at all times thought I might retire right here, however issues haven’t gone as I wished them to,” he mentioned.
“For the previous few months I’ve skilled exhausting with the intention of contributing to the crew, however I began to really feel that the coach had totally different priorities.”