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Nagatomo not leaving Inter Milan: source

Kyodo

Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo is staying put at Inter Milan, a source at the Serie A club said on Sunday.

The 28-year-old fullback, who has been called up for Japan’s World Cup qualifiers against Cambodia and Afghanistan on Sept. 3 and 8, respectively, was reportedly a target of Leicester City, Benfica and Genoa.

But Nagatomo has not had the confidence of Inter manager Roberto Mancini. Coming off the bench with 10 minutes left to make his first appearance of the season in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Carpi, Nagatomo was at fault for Carpi’s 81st minute goal.

Inter scraped out a win with Stevan Jovetic’s last-minute penalty.

“We should have had the game put away but we conceded a silly goal. (Nagatomo) was careless,” Mancini said.