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Wataru Endo joins Stuttgart on loan

AFP-JIJI

Japan international Wataru Endo has joined German second division side Stuttgart on a one-year loan, the club announced Tuesday.

Endo, 26, arrives on loan from Belgian club Sint-Truiden, who he joined in 2018 after spells at Shonan Bellmare and Urawa Reds in the J. League.

“It’s a signing we’ve been working on for a long time. We’ve been following Wataru’s development over a long period,” said Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat.

“Every club wants to have such versatile players in their ranks.”

The defensive midfielder won the AFC Champions League with Urawa in 2017, but will now be scrapping for promotion with Stuttgart, which was relegated from the Bundesliga last season.

“Stuttgart is a club with a long tradition and one where a number of Japanese players have played in the past,” said Endo.

“I want to do my bit to help them return to the Bundesliga.”

Endo is the fifth Japanese player to play for Stuttgart, following in the footsteps of Shinji Okazaki, Gotoku Sakai, Hajime Hosogai and Takuma Asano.