Japan International Akihiro Ienaga Joins Mallorca

Spanish side excited by young prospect.
Japan international Akihiro Ienaga has signed with Spanish Primera Division outfit Mallorca on a five-year deal.

The 24 year-old will be loaned out by the club as they have exhausted the spots reserved for players from outside the European Union.

"Given his characteristics and youth, he is a player who can develop his potential in competitive football like the Spanish league," a statement on the Mallorca website read.

Ienaga made 31 appearances and scored four goals for the Cerezo Osaka side who secured for themselves an Asian Champions League spot this season in the J-League, a season after being promoted from the second tier.

An 18 million euro buy-out clause has been inserted in his contract.

Described as a player who boasts astute dribbling and passing ability, he was a teammate of CSKA Moscow star Keisuke Honda in the Gamba Osaka youth team.

Unlike his more illustrious fellow countrymen he went on to forge a senior career with the club before joining their city rivals.

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