Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow has given itself a New Year gift with an Asian twist, signing Japanese international Keisuke Honda from Dutch side VVV-Venlo.
According to the VVV-Venlo official website, the Muscovites paid € 10 million for the 23-year-old midfielder.
Honda is going to spend four years in the Russian capital.
“Negotiations with the Russian club were quite long and difficult. But in the end, they finished successfully and very beneficially for our club. We are pleased with the sum we received for Honda,”
Hai Berden, VVV-Venlo president, said.
Honda spent two seasons with VVV-Venlo and scored 24 goals in 68 matches for the club. He was first capped for his country in 2008, grabbing 3 goals in 10 games since then.
The Japanese player became the fourth rookie the Army Men have acquired mid-season. Earlier they signed contracts with goalkeeper Sergey Chepchugov, defender Kirill Nababkin and midfielder Nikoloz Dzhalamidze.