Japanese top division club Vissel Kobe increased the European contingent in their squad when they signed veteran Belgian utility player Thomas Vermaelen at the end of his time at Barcelona. Thomas Vermaelen had an injury-filled career at Barcelona while he was at the Nou Camp outfit for five years. Thomas Vermaelen made the move to Barcelona in the summer of 2014 after the Catalan giants paid £15m for his services. He left Arsenal to join Barcelona after five years with the Gunners.
Surprisingly, Thomas Vermaelen has been free of injuries for most of his time at Vissel Kobe in Japan. He linked up with Vissel Kobe on a free transfer in the second half of 2019. Thomas Vermaelen and Spanish football legend Andres Iniesta were teammates at Barcelona and he went to join the Spaniard at VisselKobe. Ex-Belgian national team player Thomas Vermaelenis a utility defender who can play on the left or right side of the central defence. The 35-year-old can also play as a left-back as he did on several occasions at Arsenal and for the Red Devils of Belgium.
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