Mainz sign Japan striker Muto

The 22-year-old??scored 13 goals in 33 matches for FC Tokyo in his first season to equal a newcomers’ record in the J-League.

He has been??capped 11 times by Japan??and scored his first international goal in September during a match against Venezuela.

“We have been convinced for a long time that Yoshinori Muto can have the qualities to reinforce our attack and that is why we were so insistent in our negotiations with FC Tokyo,” said Mainz sporting director Christian Heidel.

Mainz head coach??Martin Schmidt is also looking forward to welcoming the striker to the club, where he will play alongside his international team-mate Shinji Okazaki.

“We spent a long time watching Yoshinori Muto because we???re certain he’ll fit in at Mainz and with our style of play,” he said.

“He???s a quick, agile and technically gifted forward who can play out wide, and he’ll bring us added qualities in those positions.?????