• Kyodo


Yuto Nagatomo’s six-month loan deal with Galatasaray was confirmed Wednesday by both the Turkish giant and the Italian club that owns his rights, Inter Milan.

The 31-year-old Nagatomo, who joined Inter from Cesena in January 2011, posted a photo of his blue and black striped Inter jersey on his Instagram account with a message thanking his teammates for their last seven years together.

“It brings back memories of the time I was offered a contract from Inter on Jan. 31, 2011, and made a surprise transfer. I am filled with gratitude,” he said.

Galatasaray welcomed its new addition on the club website, introducing Nagatomo as a versatile player who is skilled with both feet and able to play both sides at the back.

The former FC Tokyo man, who has 101 caps for Japan, appeared in just one of Inter’s last 10 league games and had reportedly asked manager Luciano Spalletti for more playing time ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Last spring, Nagatomo agreed to a new deal with Inter, which will expire on June 30, 2019. He scored 11 goals in 210 appearances with the club.

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