Barcelona allow Sergi Samper to cancel contract and move to Japan

Ruben Hill
March 5, 2019

FC Barcelona and midfielder Sergi Samper on Monday announced they had reached an agreement to rescind the 24-year-old's contract with the club, four months before it was due to expire at the end of June.

Samper made his senior Barcelona debut during the 2014-15 campaign in a Champions League victory against APOEL at the Nou Camp.

But in the coming years, a string of injuries somewhat damaged his career prospects and despite loan spells at La Liga sides Granada and Las Palmas, the midfielder struggled to hold down a regular first team football.

But neither move went to plan, with both clubs suffering relegation from the top flight, and his development was hampered by injuries, particularly at Las Palmas.

Vissel Kobe have recruited the La Masia graduate to join Andres Iniesta and David Villa in the club's ever-growing Spanish contingent.

Samper is expected to confirm his next move at a news conference on Tuesday.

They now sit ninth in the J-League and also boast former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski in their ranks.

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