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Leandro leaving Kashiwa for reunion with Nelsinho at Kobe

Kyodo

Kashiwa Reysol striker Leandro is rejoining Vissel Kobe.

The Brazilian made his intentions known following a 1-1 draw at Ventforet Kofu on Saturday night.

“Today was my last game for Reysol,” Leandro said. “It’s been a good year and a half for me.”

The 30-year-old will be reunited with ex-Kashiwa coach Nelsinho, who went to Kobe this season after luring Leandro to Reysol last year. Leandro previously played for Vissel from 2007 to 2008.

Leandro scored 11 goals in 28 games for Kashiwa in 2014 and had five during the first stage, in which Reysol finished 14th. Tatsuma Yoshida’s men have qualified for the Asian Champions League quarterfinals.