Honda believes move is imminent

Kyodo

Keisuke Honda hinted at a big club transfer this summer after Japan wrapped up its Confederations Cup campaign on Saturday.

Honda, who has half a season left on his contract with CSKA Moscow, had a solid tournament, although Alberto Zaccheroni’s side lost all three group games to Brazil, Italy and Mexico.

Honda didn’t say which teams he has been talking to, but did say opportunity is knocking. Reports out of Italy have the left-footed midfielder headed to AC Milan, a club he has been linked to in the past and one which Zaccheroni led to the Scudetto in 1998-99.

“I don’t know where I’ll be taking the next step yet, but I know I’ve got a chance (to play for a big club),” Honda said. “I have until August so I’ll wait and see.

“If I go to a big club, I’ll become an infinitely better player. The improvement I’ll make then will be anything but minor. I’m the type to soak up everything and anything in my surroundings, and if I play with better players, I’ll get better. It’s how I’ve been able to get this far in my career.”