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Bundesliga side Hanover has made an official offer for Japan and Cerezo Osaka midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, a team executive revealed Friday.

“We would like to persuade him to stay,” the executive said of the 25-year-old, who has already left for Germany and is expected to have his medical there.

“But we will abide by his wishes.”

Two other Japan internationals currently play for Hanover, midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake and defender Hiroki Sakai.

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