Keisuke Honda: Paris Saint-Germain isn't a 'big club'

The CSKA Moscow man, who scored four goals for Japan in June, made the bold declaration less than one month before he faces the Ligue 1 runner-up in pre-season.
Japanese attacker Keisuke Honda appears to have ruled out a summer transfer to French giant Paris Saint-Germain, according to Sponichi.

The 26-year-old CSKA Moscow man, dressed in his trademark white suit and sunglasses, gave the unexpected statement to reporters at Tokyo's Narita Airport as he prepared to join his teammates in Russia.

"Where's the big club?" said Honda, responding to a reporter who suggested that a good showing in CSKA's upcoming training match against the Ligue 1 runner-up in Austria on July 14 could increase the possibility of a summer transfer.

Honda added: "I never considered PSG to be that sort of club."

The bleach-blonde playmaker made headlines last month as well, claiming that he "would also fit in at a big club" following the announcement of Shinji Kagawa's transfer to Manchester United.

But after over half a year of rehabilitation following knee surgery late last summer, Honda may still have a long way to go before a Premier League or Serie A side makes an offer generous enough to convince the notoriously stingy CSKA front office to part with its star asset.

"I have a lot to do before Japan plays Iraq (on Sept. 11)," the player said before boarding his flight. "First I have to prepare for the league."

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