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Thomas Vermaelen Signs for J-League Side Vissel Kobe

Thomas Vermaelen Signs for J-League Side Vissel Kobe

Thomas Vermaelen, whose contract expired with Barcelona, signed a deal with Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

Brussels: Belgian international defender Thomas Vermaelen became the latest high profile player to move to Japanese team Vissel Kobe, according to a report in the Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws.

The 33-year-old, whose contract with Barcelona has now expired, will team up with David Silva, Lucas Podolski and his former Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta.

Vermaelen, who is reported to have turned down an offer to join Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht, passed his medical and visited the club's training complex.

Vermaelen began his career at Ajax before moving on to Arsenal and Barcelona with a loan spell at Roma.

He has played 74 times for Belgium, most recently in the 3-0 Euro qualifier win against Scotland in June.

Vissel Kobe are currently 15th in the 18-team J-league.
first published:July 26, 2019, 16:08 IST