Wednesday, 20th May 2009
One of Japan's biggest football stars could be returning to the J-League after Yokohama F Marinos confirmed they have begun moves to re-sign Shunsuke Nakamura.
The 30-year-old midfielder currently plies his trade in Scotland with Celtic, but is out of contract at the end of the season.
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is keen to retain the set-piece specialist's services and plans to offer him a new deal.
However, Nakamura, who has won more than 80 caps for the Blue Samurai, previously said he intends to end his playing career in Japan and his former club Yokohama F Marinos are keen to take advantage of the situation.
A club spokesman said: "We have made an offer to Nakamura and Celtic to acquire him. We would like to begin negotiations as soon as possible so that we can bring good news to his fans in Japan."
Nakamura, who has already rejected a lucrative contract offer from Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr, could end his Celtic career with a fourth consecutive SPL title winner's medal if the Bhoys can better Rangers' result on the final day of the season.
Written by Mark Smith
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