Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bayern Munich confirms interest in Japan wonderkid

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal has confirmed that the reigning Bundesliga champions are closely monitoring Japanese youngster Takashi Usami, currently under contract with Gamba Osaka.

"I really enjoyed watching the player in action," said van Gaal to Bild Sport. 

"He's definitely an option for the No. 10 position at Bayern. He's considered to be a huge talent though and we are not the only team that want to sign him.

"I'm of the opinion that it's better for us to scout players in Japan than in England. The players in England are overpriced. 

"Players from Japan are not only cheaper, but they also have a great mentality that fits in perfectly in Germany."

Bayern have reportedly offered the 18-year-old Usami a trial period, but it remains to be seen whether Gamba Osaka are willing to allow the attacking midfielder to travel to Germany for a such a trial.

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