The Thai international was greeted by excited fans in his first training session while on trial at the J-League side as he looked to secure a permanent move to Shimizu S-Pulse
20-year old, Chanathip Songkrasin, who is a full-fledged Thai international, will be training with the J-League side until November 11 before returning to Thailand to prepare for the 2013 SEA Games.
Even though Chanathip, who os also known to fans in his homeland as Messi J, was only on trial, it did not deter fans from requesting for photo opportunities or signatures.
“To be honest, I'm abashed when they ask for my autograph and take pictures with me! It makes me feel very shy!" Chanathip admitted.
Despite flying alone to Japan for the trials, Chanathip, who does not speak Japanese and is not fluent in English, stated that his only issue was the climate which he was not used to.
"I'm okay with training, just have to adapt to this rather cold weather," Chanathip said in an interview.
"I can contact my parents via phone just fine so I'm not lonely at all. Don't worry, I'll do my best."
An increasing number of Southeast Asian football players have been making the move to the J-League in recent times, including Vietnamese Le Cong Vinh who is on-loan at Consadole Sapporo.