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Yoshinori Muto: ‘Why I snubbed Chelsea’


Striker opens up about why he chose Mainz over Blues

Yoshinori Muto has revealed why he chose to snub a chance to join Premier League champions Chelsea for a move to Bundesliga side Mainz.

The 22-year-old agreed a four-year deal with the German side despite being strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with Jose Mourinho admitting a deal was in the pipeline.

Chelsea Interest

Mourinho admitted that it would be a smart move for Chelsea to sign a Japanese star as it would be good for business in that part of the country.

FC Tokyo‘s president Naoki Ogane also confirmed The Blues had made a formal offer for the striker, however, Muto decided not to join Chelsea and agreed a switch to Mainz instead.

The striker opened up about why he snubbed a move to England and admitted that it was because he didn’t feel ready to play in the Premier League.

Muto Reveals Reasons

He said: “The Premier League is a great league, but I’m not ready to play for Chelsea yet. I don’t want to hurry myself and want to develop steadily.

He then added: “I felt my decision to join this club was right. I’ve heard (from Okazaki) the club is loved by supporters and the team is comprised of wonderful members. He told me to give it my all.

“The German first division is one of the best leagues in the world. I can face remarkable players from across the globe and it will help me develop,”

“I want to perform and become a world-class player, and performing in Germany is the fastest path.”

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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