Barca legend Iniesta announces where he's heading

Andres Iniesta was given a hero's send-off by his teammates after his last Barcelona game

The A-League's bid for Andres Iniesta is officially over after the Spain midfielder announced he's signing for J-League side Vissel Kobe.

Iniesta used social media to reveal his next career move, posting a picture of himself on Instagram with the club's owner Hiroshi Mikitani.

An Instagram picture showed Iniesta on an aircraft with Mikitani, who is also the chief executive of Barcelona's main sponsor Rakuten.

He added a message saying: "Heading to my new home, with my friend @hiroshi.mikitani," followed by the letters 'JP' and a picture of a football and an airplane.

Spanish media said on Wednesday that Iniesta was on the verge of signing for the Japanese top-flight side and that the former Barcelona captain would announce the move officially on Thursday.

It ends any hope of luring him to the A-League, an unlikely proposition despite Football Federation Australia's hopes to use the Australian lifestyle as a drawcard.

Iniesta announced at a news conference in April that he was calling time on his long career with Barca, where he moved to aged 12 in 1996 to join the club's academy.

He lifted a ninth La Liga title on Sunday in a fitting send off at Barca's stadium, with his teammates all giving him a guard of honour and wearing his name and number eight on the back of their shirts during the title celebrations.

After signing his contract with his new club, Iniesta will join the Spain squad next Monday to begin preparations for the World Cup in Russia.

They will be looking to lift the trophy for a second time after Iniesta's goal in the 2010 final against Holland gave them their first triumph.