Leeds sign Japanese midfielder with Premier League ambition

Date published: Tuesday 9th January 2018 7:39

Leeds have completed the signing of Japan midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi from Gamba Osaka.

The 21-year-old, who becomes the first Japanese player to join the Yorkshire club, moves to Elland Road for an undisclosed fee from the J1 League side.

He has put pen to paper on a deal until the summer of 2022 but will have to wait to make his debut for Leeds, with Ideguchi set to go out on loan to Spanish Segunda Division side Cultural Leonesa for the rest of the season.

Ideguchi has been capped 10 times by his country, scoring twice, and will be hoping to be in the Japan squad for this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.

“My dream, my one goal, is to play in the Premier League,” Ideguchi told Leeds’ official website.

“I want to take this team to the Premier League as that will be a big achievement.

“This transfer to Leeds United is the right move for me and I will train hard every day to show everyone I made the right decision by coming here.

“I believe my biggest strength is in defence, I’m going to battle really hard.

“I know the crowd here like a player who battles, so in every game, I’m going to do my best and give 100 per cent.”

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