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Top Japanese handball player Daisuke Miyazaki said Tuesday he is set to have tryouts with possibly three European clubs, including powerhouse Barcelona in the Spanish League, as he aims to make a move overseas.

“The club tryouts are one-shot chances. I feel nervous but I hope to use my speed as I fly away into an unknown world. My first desire is to play for a Spanish club and stick to a move to Europe,” said Miyazaki, who plans to stay in Spain for about a week.

Miyazaki, known for his powerful, jumping shots despite a diminutive 173-centimeter frame, ends a three-year contract with Osaki Electric Co. at the end of this month.

The 27-year-old Miyazaki grabbed the spotlight when Japan earned a replay of the Beijing Olympic qualifying tournament following allegations of biased officiating by Middle Eastern referees. Japan did not qualify.

He played in Spain for about two years from 2001 while taking a leave of absence from Nippon Sport Science University.

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