Honda still has Milan dream

Keisuke Honda’s agent and brother, Hiroyuki says his sibling still holds out hopes of playing a part in an AC Milan resurgence in the Serie A this season.

The 30-year-old realised his boyhood dream of joining the Rossoneri in 2014, however, he arrived at a club in decline following their title success in 2011 and a second and third-place finish in the two subsequent seasons.

Honda joined the club in the middles of the 2013/14 campaign where they ended eighth before a 10th placed finish the following season.

Last term the club ended seventh, but have this season at least started to improve, and after 12 games, are in third place, however, Honda is yet to play.

Speaking exclusively to Calciomercato, Hiroyuki dismissed reports linking his brother to Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, although recent rumours suggest a move to Major League Soccer, is imminent.

He said: “I too have read about a possible move to Shanghai SIPG. I wonder where you get these stories from because I can categorically state there has been no interest from them.”

He added: “I can confirm that he is in good physical shape and still has so much to offer. Everything now depends on what Milan wants to do as we still have a contract up until June.”

The agent also dismissed reports of a rift between Honda and Milan boss Vincenzo Montella.

“Keisuke is a great professional and he always respects the choices of his coach. It’s clear that there’s no spark between the two of them but things change so quickly in football.

“Up until last month we had made some progress with [Milan vice-president Adriano] Galliani [over a new deal] but now we have to wait to see what happens with the new Chinese owners.

“There’s been no contact with any other clubs at this time. We will wait until next month at least to assess the situation.”