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The Japan international, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League, says rumours of him making a switch to the Serie A giants this summer are 'not a bad thing'

Keisuke Honda has revealed that he is pleased to be linked with a big club like Juventus following speculation of a move to Italy.

Reports on Tuesday suggested that the Turin giants were in negotiations with Honda's Russian club CSKA Moscow about a possible move to Italy.

The Japanese star, who has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, returned to his homeland on Tuesday as the Russian Premier League takes a summer break, and spoke with Sports Nippon about the rumours of a move to Juventus.

"Nothing has been decided yet, but maybe you can actually tell me something about it," the 25-year-old midfielder joked.

He added: "Frankly, I think it is not a bad thing when my name is associated with a big club.”

An unnamed Juventus management official added that the club are keen to ensure the deal goes through and revealed it could be confirmed this week.

"We'll do all we can to bring Honda to Turin. Once a few things that need to be worked out are taken care of, we might announce the transfer in the next days," said the Juventus official.

Honda also reflecting back on the dispirited words he used after the Kirin Cup on his trip back to Russia.

"I kind of feel I am out of the tunnel [and], just as before, my will to pick up a challenge at a higher level hasn't changed," said Honda.

Should a move to Juventus materialise for Honda, it is reported that he will cost a fee in the region of €10 million (£8.9m), and he may fly directly to Italy after his holiday in Japan.

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