Spanish footballer Juan Mata has signed for Japan’s Vissel Kobe, the club, which also includes the likes of Andrés Iniesta and David Villa, announced today.
Mata, 35 years old, joins the J-League club after spending a season at Turkish club Galatasaray and before in Teams like Manchester United, Chelsea FC or Valencia CF.
The midfielder joins Vissel Kobe until the end of this season, which ends next December. The Club of Kobe is currently second in the championship after 26 matchdays.
kill was World champion with the Spanish team in 2010, a national team in which he played at the same time as Iniesta, who in turn played for Vissel Kobe between 2018 and last July. EFE
Spanish soccer player Juan Mata said today that he feels “proud” to follow in the footsteps of Andrés Iniesta and David Villa at Vissel Kobe in the Japanese league, during his presentation with his new team.
Mata alluded to two players “whom he greatly admires” and who are “good friends” of hiswith whom he shared a dressing room at the Spanish side and who previously went via the Kobe club the midfielder has just signed for until the end of this season after leaving Turkey’s Galatasaray.
Mata also mentioned his “great friends” Bojan Krkić and Sergi Samper who have been part of Vissel Kobe in recent yearsAnd “They spoke very well about the club and the country”during his presentation to the media after signing for the Kobe club.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Japan and its culture, so it’s a great honor to be here,” said Mata.who had set himself the goal of “winning the league tournament”, which would be “a new title in his career and hopefully the first of many in Japan”.
Mata, 35, who has previously played for teams such as Manchester United, Chelsea FC and Valencia CF, has “very good first impressions” of Japan and his new club, to which he comes “with great humility”.he said.
“I think that in the Japanese league there are very strong and fast players who play a very intense and physically tough game.. I also believe there are opportunities to look for good passes and support the forwards and I hope I can do my best to help the team get points,” he said when giving his opinion was asked about the Japanese competition.