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Yokohama show desire for Nakamura

By Chris McLaughlin

Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura
Nakamura has said he wants to return to Japan when his contract ends

Yokohama F Marinos are willing to make Shunsuke Nakamura their highest-paid player if he decides to return to his former club after leaving Celtic.

Celtic will hold talks with the Japan midfielder's agent next week, but Nakamura is expected to accept the offer to return to his homeland.

It is thought that the 30-year-old will sign a two-and-a-half-year contract worth £1m per year with Marinos.

Nakamura has said that he wishes to return home when his contract ends.

He left Marinos in 2002 to join Reggina in Italy before spending four years with Celtic.

Nakamura has helped Celtic to three consecutive Scottish titles and they could yet make it four if results go their way on Sunday's final day of the season.

We would like to begin negotiations as soon as possible so that we can bring good news to his fans in Japan

Yokohama Marinos president Masaharu Saito

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan hoped to extend the playmaker's stay in Glasgow beyond the end of his current contract in the summer.

But Nakamura has a desire to end his career back in Japan for family and personal reasons.

And Marinos president Masaharu Saito said: "I called his agent to make the offer.

"I believe he can understand our good faith and come back to us.

"We would like to begin negotiations as soon as possible so that we can bring good news to his fans in Japan."

Three-time J-League champions Marinos, who ended last season ninth in the nation's premier league, have tried in vain to sign Nakamura twice before.

Marinos wanted to buy him in January but were foiled after club sponsors Nissan suffered financial problems.



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