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Tuesday, 16th June 2009
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Nakamura heads for Celtic exit

Japanese football star Shunsuke Nakamura is to leave Celtic this summer, according to one of his teammates.

Australia and Celtic striker Scott McDonald told the Scotsman that the 30-year-old will leave the Glasgow club when his contract expires later this month for a proposed move to Yokohama F Marinos, whom he left in 2002.

McDonald said: "He's decided to leave because he's homesick and he wants to return to Japan to play for his hometown team Yokohama. He didn't mention any other clubs but he's not going back to Celtic."

However, the midfielder's signature may yet be captured by Spanish side Espanyol, who are allegedly willing to exceed Yokohama's annual wage offer.

Nakamura is currently in Melbourne with the rest of the Japanese national squad ahead of the team's World Cup qualifying match in Australia.

Both teams already claimed their places at the 2010 tournament earlier this month, with Japan clinching qualification with a 1-0 win over Uzbekistan.

Written by Graham McPherson

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