As F.C Tokyo forward, Yoshinori Muto rejects a move to Chelsea, and rather opts for Bundesliga side, Mainz, the German outfit’s president Christian Heidel admits that his side took special interest in the 22 year-old.
“We cannot deny that we know the player and have asked about him”
Chelsea have been reportedly said to be interested in bringing the relatively unknown Asian to the Stamford bridge, after signing a shirt endorsement with Japanese tire-making firm, the Yokohama Rubber Company. The deal is worth around 40 million pounds yearly, and it will last over a span of 5 years. And in what seemed like a payback gesture to the continent, the blues opted to get the university degree holder in Economics from J.Pro League for a record fee of 4 million pounds.
The player however prefers Germany where he is guaranteed regular football. Mainz’s top goal scorer Japan’s international, Shinji Okazaki and about 9 others play in the Bundesliga, the home feel as compared to that of West London will be perfect environment for the player to blossom. Muto has expressed his desire for growth, and he believes that would be found in Mainz. As opposed to Chelsea where only a loan term at either of the club’s sister teams in Netherlands or Belgium, is certain. Apart from a potential lack of playing opportunities at Stamford bridge, Muto will also have to scale through the European work permit and passport hurdles, both that won’t be issues in Germany.
He has been on brilliant form for F.C Tokyo, notching 8 goals already in just 11 appearances. Chelsea fans wouldn’t have to worry, as majority polls online, and twitter reactions suggest they do not want the Asian in their club ( Racism? Not again!!! ). Muto will not be in the Stamford bridge next season.