Soccer: Former Japan Midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura Set To Join Iwata







Soccer: Former Japan midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura set to join IwataYokohama F Marinos' former Japan international Shunsuke Nakamura is set to join Jubilo Iwata, with both J-League first-division clubs having basically agreed on the transfer of the 38-year-old playmaker, a source close to the move said Saturday.


Nakamura had been offered an annual wage worth 120 million yen by Marinos, but the former Celtic man has been unhappy with the influence stakeholder City Football Group (CFG) has had on player reinforcement policies over the past year.

He has decided on the move, despite Iwata's offer thought to be 40 million yen less than the one tabled by Marinos.

Nakamura wants to end his playing career at 40 and is expected to tie up a two-year deal with Iwata.

Sources last month revealed Iwata had made a multi-year offer for Nakamura. The player and Iwata manager Hiroshi Nanami have a strong bond as former teammates on the national side, both having worn the No. 10 shirt for Japan.

This season, Nakamura was limited to 19 league games by injuries to his left knee and both ankles. He scored four goals.

Jubilo managed to survive relegation this season, finishing 13th out of 18, six points above the drop zone. Marinos placed 10th.

The rapid rejuvenation of the team under CFG has been met with a backlash, and several other senior players could be moving on to pastures new.

Nakamura joined Marinos in 1997 and moved to Italian club Reggina in 2002.

He went on to play for Scottish powerhouse Celtic and Spanish club Espanyol before returning to Marinos in 2010.

Nakamura has scored 68 goals in 338 appearances in the J-League top flight and won the J-League Player of the Year award in 2000 and 2013.

He was capped 98 times for Japan, scoring 24 goals, and played at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and the 2010 finals in South Africa.








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