Celtic have signed Japan star Kyogo Furuhashi, who has been hailed by Barcelona and Spain legend Andres Iniesta.
The Hoops have reached an settlement to signal the Vissel Kobe and Japan ahead, topic to worldwide clearance.
Furuhashi is the highest scorer within the Japanese top-flight having netted 14 instances in 20 video games, gorgeous type for the 26-year-old who ended final season with 17 objectives in all competitions.
He had the honour of taking part in alongside and receiving passes from Iniesta at J1 League membership Vissel Kobe, the place the Spaniard has performed since 2018.
And the World Cup and European Championship-winning icon had excessive priase for Furuhashi forward of his transfer to European soccer with Celtic.
“To be sincere, Kyogo completely has the expertise to play in Europe,” stated Iniesta.
“He’s main the J1’s scoring chart, however it’s not simply that. He’s acquired robust approach, and I imagine he can achieve Europe.
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“I’m positive he’s acquired scouts watching him already, however it’s going to be powerful for us as a result of he scores plenty of objectives.
“It’ll be powerful but when he goes to Europe I’ll be extremely joyful for him, as a result of for Japanese gamers it’s a dream to play in Europe.”
Talking about Furuhashi’s arrival, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, who arrived in Glasgow from Japanese membership Yokohama F. Marinos, stated: “We’re delighted to deliver Kyogo Furuhashi to Celtic.
“He’s a participant of actual high quality and clearly somebody I do know properly.
“I believe he’ll add one thing particular to our squad and I’m positive the way in which he performs will excite our supporters. We look ahead to welcoming him to Celtic.”
Furuhashi’s signing has acquired Celtic followers reminiscing about Shunsuke Nakamura, the previous Japan worldwide who spent 4 years at Celtic Park.
Nakamura continues to be remembered fondly by Celtic followers, notably for his gorgeous marvel objective towards Manchester United.
Nakamura scored a surprising 35-yard free-kick to safe the Hoops a well-known 1-Zero Champions League win over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Purple Devils in 2006, reserving their place within the last-16.
And Celtic followers will probably be hoping Furuhashi is ready to make an identical impression on the membership as his countryman, who continues to be taking part in on the age of 43 for Yokohama FC.
😎 Shunsuke Nakamura unleashed this sensible free-kick towards Manchester United in 2006 – a objective which helped Celtic attain #UCL knockout levels…
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