The EPL winners have been dealt a final blow in their pursuit of Japanese player, Yoshinori Muto, as the 22 year-old forward has opted to play for Bundesliga side, Mainz. Mainz has signed him on a 4-year contract after they agreed terms with Japanese J-League’s side, FC Tokyo. The player was once a target of Chelsea, in what Mourinho labeled “commercial interests”, following the club’s big-money endorsement deal with Japanese’ Yokohama Rubber Company that will last for 4 years.
Although Muto isn’t likely to make the Chelsea first team if he was eventually signed, and he is likely to get loaned off or get limited playing time. But Chelsea were hoping at expanding their brand in Asia, and also “paying back” after the endorsement. Muto however wants regular playing time, and that will only be afforded him in Mainz. He will also be joining compatriot, Shinji Okazaki, who finished the season as highest goal scorer for the 11th placed Mainz. The 22 year-old forward scored 9 goals for his side in 14 appearances, and put excellent displays that made him attract a couple of big sides in Europe.
Muto also believes Mainz fits his level of playing, and he won’t have to struggle to adapt to their style of play. He has already appeared for the Japan national side 11 times, and he is being tipped as a great forward in future years for the country. Martin Schmidt, his new coach has expressed his delight in beating Chelsea to his signature, tipping the player’s quickness, agility, technicality and ability to play out wide as qualities that made his a signing they marked out for acquisition. He will join the side in few days to come once the Japanese league ends.