Nagatomo 'honoured' by Real Madrid link

The Japan international is reportedly interesting the Liga champions, though the player insists he is focused on catching Juventus at the top of the Serie A table
Inter full-back Yuto Nagatomo has admitted he is honoured to have been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but says he is fully focused on his current club.

The Japan international is a reported transfer target of the Liga champions as they look for cover in defence, with only Marcelo, Fabio Coentrao and centre-back Sergio Ramis capable of filling in down the flanks.

However, the 26-year-old wants to concentrate on the Nerazzurri's bid to try and close the gap at the top of Serie A, with reigning champions Juventus having opened up a five point lead over Napoli in second place, with Inter sat back in fourth nine points adrift of the summit.

"It's an honour," he told reporters at a press conference.

"But now I am only looking at my performances for Inter. I want to fully concentrate on Serie A."

The defender has made 17 Serie A appearances for Andrea Stramaccioni's team this season without scoring and was dismissed for two bookable offences in the Milan derby.