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Thai skipper Theerathon chased by Cerezo Osaka in Japan - report

Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts assess Chanathip Songkrasin's move to the J-League and what to expect moving forward.

Thailand captain Theerathon Bunmathan is being chased by Cerezo Osaka, according to reports in Japan and his homeland.

The 27-year-old defender could become the second Thai international to the J.League, following in the footsteps of Chanathip Songkrasin, on loan with Consadole Sapporo.

Nikkei Sports reports that Cerezo could make a move to bring the player in for the 2017 J.League season.

The left-back is one of the biggest names in Southeast Asian football. He first caught Japanese attention by...

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Hiroshi Kiyotake sold by Sevilla to former side Cerezo Osaka

Hiroshi Kiyotake made 10 starts for Sevilla in all competitions.

Sevilla have announced the sale of midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake to his former club Cerezo Osaka.

Kiyotake, 27, joined Sevilla from Hannover last summer but has struggled for playing time this campaign, making four La Liga appearances.

The Japan international now returns to his ex-side Cerezo Osaka, who he left in 2012 for a move to Nurnberg.


Diego Forlan's contract at J-League side Cerezo Osaka not extended

Diego Forlan has retired from the Uruguay squad and now he's looking for a new club as well.

OSAKA, Japan -- Uruguay forward Diego Forlan will not be offered a contract extension, the president of his J-League second-division side Cerezo Osaka said on Saturday.

Forlan's contract, worth a reported $5.8 million, expires at the end of July.

The 36-year-old Forlan joined Cerezo in 2014 from Brazil's Internacional and scored seven goals in 26 appearances in the top flight last season, but Cerezo were relegated to J2. He has scored 10 goals in 16 games this season.

Forlan was awarded the Golden...

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Colorado Rapids turned down Diego Forlan but remain coy on Kevin Doyle

Diego Forlan's contract with Cerezo Osaka is due to expire in the summer.

Colorado Rapids claim to have rejected the chance to sign Cerezo Osaka striker Diego Forlan but are refusing to rule out a move for Wolves forward Kevin Doyle.

Forlan, who joined Cerezo last January, is out of contract in the summer when his deal with the Japanese club expires.

Paul Bravo, the vice president of soccer operations and technical director of the Rapids, has revealed that the Major League Soccer side were offered the former Uruguay captain but turned down the chance to sign him.


Diego Forlan not quitting Uruguay

Forlan has scored 36 goals for Uruguay, including five at the 2010 World Cup.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Diego Forlan is not ready to announce his retirement from international football, even though he knows the clock is ticking.

Forlan, 35, won the Golden Ball award for the outstanding player at the 2010 World Cup as Uruguay finished third in South Africa, but was used more sparingly during this year's campaign.

The former Manchester United and Inter Milan striker's two starts in Brazil both came in the absence of Luis Suarez -- once through injury in their first game and again in...