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Monday, 27th June 2011
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Japanese teenager joins top German football club

In one of the first Japan-to-Europe football transfer deals to occur this summer, a hot prospect has moved from the J-League to a leading German football club.

Takashi Usami, a highly-rated young midfielder, has left Gamba Osaka to join Bayern Munich on a six-month loan deal, which will become a full transfer if he impresses.

The 19-year-old star, who is leaving part-way though the Japanese season, told Reuters Africa he was looking forward to the new start.

"I decided it was the right thing to do to take on this big challenge. To be honest it still hasn't sunk in," he said.

"It's such a surprise to imagine playing in such a big league with such great players."

Some of the "great players" that Usami may soon be playing with include Arjen Robben, Miroslav Klose and Philipp Lahm, all of whom currently play for Bayern Munich.

Usami became the youngest ever person to play for Gamba Osaka when he made his debut for them at the age of 17 years and 14 days. He scored in this match and was later voted the best young player in the J-League.

Written by Mark Smith