Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda will be part of AC Milan’s team starting with January 2014, according to the Italian club’s vice-president Adriano Galliani.
The announcement about Honda was made by Galliani after the player’s current club, CSKA Moscow, were eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday.
“Now we can talk. From the 3rd of January 2014 Keisuke Honda will be a Milan player,” Galliani said on the club’s official website, according to the international press.
“We had already set out a contract but put it to one side. Now we can talk, but it will be difficult as he is a non-EU player, and I do not know if he can already play from the 6th of January against Atalanta. Later he will make his debut away to Sassuolo.”
Honda started playing for CSKA Moscow in 2010, after two years with Dutch side VVV Venlo.
The 27-year-old has been capped 52 times for Japan and scored 20 goals, two of which came at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He plays as a central attacking midfielder, but he can play as well as a second striker or a deep-lying playmaker. His free-kicks are famous, as well as his dribbling and ability as a dead ball specialist.