Kiyotake seals move to Nuremberg

Bundesliga outfit Nuremberg have completed the signing of Hiroshi Kiyotake from J.League side Cerezo Osaka.

Football News: Hiroshi Kiyotake, Japan U-23

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According to the AFC's official website, Kiyotake has signed a three-year deal and reportedly cost his new side €1.2million.

The 23-year-old is expected to feature for the Blue Samurai at the upcoming London Olympics, and has also earned three caps for the senior national side.

And while he admits it was a wrench to leave Cerezo midway through their season, he feels playing in one of Europe's top leagues will be hugely beneficial for his career.

"I was incredibly conflicted about leaving," Kiyotake said.

"I wanted to have a good season with Cerezo this year and it was very difficult [to make a move to Europe].

"But in the end, I decided I needed a challenge. I want to help my new club score goals."

Cerezo are currently 13th in the J-League and will retain his services until the end of June, which is when he will be allowed to move to Nuremberg with the start of the European transfer window.

Kiyotake becomes the second Cerezo player in recent years to move to the Bundesliga, following in the footsteps of Shinji Kagawa, who has gone on to star for Borussia Dortmund and is heavily linked with a move to Manchester United this summer.

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