Veteran Japanese full back Nagatomo to French Marseille


“He has arrived today in Marseille, is undergoing tests tomorrow, and we hope that things will go well,” Marseille coach Andre Viach Bouache told the “Telefoot” network after his team beat Brest 3-2 in the league on Sunday.

The Portuguese coach added, “We spoke together with Frank (McCourt, the American owner) and Pablo (Spain’s Longoria, football manager), and we looked for an expert player. He has played 12 matches in the Champions League in the last two and a half years, has the experience of the captain’s armband, the captain in the dressing room. He speaks several languages. ”

Nagatomo joined his international compatriot Hiroki Sakai, who has been defending the colors of the Mediterranean team since 2016, and he mostly occupies the right-back position, but also the left and the heart of the defense.

Nagatomo (122 caps and 4 goals) will reach 34 on September 12th, unlike the newcomers to Marseille, midfielder Bab Guy and 21-year-old Argentine defender Leonardo Ballerdy.

Viash-Boach added that Nagatomo moved as a free player “to take on the role of substitute for Amavi.”

And before two seasons in the Turkish league, Nagatomo carried the colors of Inter Milan for seven years and the captain’s badge in some matches.

With his country, he won the AFC Asian Cup in 2011 and a summer in 2019, and with the “Samurai” team he played the World Cup finals three times, reaching the final price in 2010 and 2018.

“We are looking for another striker” to support Argentine Dario Benedetto, even “if we had Valer (German) and Marley (Aki),” Vyache Bouach concluded.


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