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While Gotoku Sakai had planned to continue his career in Europe, the former Japan international said Friday he decided to return to the J. League with Vissel Kobe after being sold on the club’s “vision.”

The 28-year-old right-back, who played eight seasons in Germany with VfB Stuttgart and most recently Hamburger SV, practiced with his new teammates in Kobe following his introduction as Vissel’s latest big-name signing midweek.

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