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The Vietnam star will be on loan at the Japanese side for six months

Le Cong Vinh ready to prove himself at Consadole

The Vietnam star will be on loan at the Japanese side for six months

Consadole Sapporo

The Vietnam star striker will be on loan at the Japanese side from August until January 2014 and is relishing the challenge of playing in what he regards as Asia's top league

J.League Division 2 side Consadole Sapporo have signed striker Le Cong Vinh on loan from V.League side Song Lam Nghe An, with the 27-year-old set to become the first player from Vietnam to play in Japan.

The all-time top scorer back home in his domestic league, Le Cong Vinh described the stint as a a good learning opportunity at a press conference on Tuesday.

Consadole president Yoshikazu Nonomura said that the club acquired him as they were searching for a "certain quality" not found in Japanese players.

"Le Cong Vinh's mentality of playing to represent Vietnam will surely have a good effect on our club and our younger players," Nonomura said.

"I have high expectations and I hope the fans and media will enjoy his play as well."

"I'm happy that on this occasion I can challenge myself at Consadole Sapporo," Le Cong Vinh stated.

"I want to play as hard as I can, so thank you for your support.

"I consider the J-League to be the number one league in Asia, and I decided to come here because I thought playing here would bring many benefits."

Adding that he was in good condition having left the V.League as the top scorer there, Le Cong Vinh singled out his speed as his main strength.

"I'm best at making plays that take advantage of my speed, and my movement is very good," he said.

"I've never measured myself at 100m, but I can run 30m in about 3.9 seconds.

"I hope the fans will be able to enjoy watching me play."

The Vietnam star, who will be living by himself as his wife has stayed back in their homeland to further her singing career, admitted that he knows little Japanese but read up about Sapporo before flying over.

"Other than Vietnamese I can speak some English; as far as Japanese is concerned, I've memorized words like 'kawaii' (cute), 'wakaranai' (I don't understand), and 'genki?' (how are you?)," he laughed.

"Before coming here, I researched Sapporo on the internet. What interested me most was the Sapporo Dome, but the city itself seems very beautiful. There's a lot of tourist attractions so other than myself I'm sure a lot of Vietnamese will be coming here too.

"In 2009 I played in Portugal, but there were a lot of difficulties and my family was uncomfortable about me playing overseas. But this time we did a lot of research on Sapporo and my family are supporting me. They had a good impression of the city.

"There are J1 matches shown on television in Vietnam, so I watched them last year. I'll get a chance to see how they are playing this year starting now. However, there's a lot of information available from newspapers and the internet so I've learned about the club from that."

Le Cong Vinh added that he was looking forward to playing against Gamba Osaka and Japan star Yasuhito Endo most, and claimed he wasn't concerned about getting goals at this early stage of his move.

"Right now, my most important job isn't scoring goals, it's practicing with the team and contributing in some way to our wins," he said.

"It's important that I get used to this new environment, so that's my first goal. For now I just want to dedicate myself to the team."



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