Japan defender Maya Yoshida has announced that he is to join Dutch club VVV Venlo.
The Nagoya Grampus star has
signed a three and a half year contract with the newly-promoted side.
"I have made up my mind to
play for VVV to fulfill my dream of making it big in Europe," Yoshida told
Nagoya’s official site.
The 21 year-old has risen through
the ranks at the Aichi club and realises that it will be tough to leave after
playing 71 league games since making his debut in 2007.
''I met many people and learnt a lot
these nine years since I joined the junior youth team. I can't imagine myself
wearing a shirt that is not red but I decided to move for my dream to
play well in Europe."
The Under-23 star will head to
the Netherlands in January.
He will become the second Japanese player at the
club although Keisuke Honda is reported to be on his way to CSKA Moscow.