Transfer: Barcelona Defender Joins Japanese Side
Thomas Vermaelen ends Barcelona journey (image courtesy: JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Ge)

Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen has joined Japanese side Vissel Kobe after his contract with Barcelona ended.

Concise News understands that Vermaelen’s contract with Vissel Kobe runs until December 2021.

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The defender, 33, reunites with his former Barca team-mates Andres Iniesta and Sergi Samper, ex-Blaugrana man, David Villa and former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski.

With Barca, the Belgian made 53 appearances in all competitions in four seasons.

He spent the 2016/2017 campaign on loan at Serie A outfit Roma, playing just 12 games.

“When I came here, I had a very warm welcome and a lot of support,” Vermaelen said after signing for Vissel Kobe.

“I can’t wait to start. I’m excited about it. I would like to do my best to improve the team.”