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Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Honda to Stay at VVV (+ NEC-VVV Highlights )

With the transfer window rapidly closing, indeed already closed here in Japan, it looks like Keisuke will be playing for VVV until January. Dutch reports seem the confirm this, if my understanding of the article below is correct.
Updated to include latest information about his possible destination come January. PSV?

NUsport: Honda blijft bij VVV-Venlo
Daily Telegraph: Transfer deadline day: live (OK, so maybe not QUITE 'live' anymore) PSV And VVV In Talks Over Keisuke Honda

This makes good sense for Honda, since he can continue to play against better opposition while still being with a club where he is the undisputed key player. Something that would not be true elsewhere, even if he stayed in Holland. It also means that the club may be able to secure its place in the top division, before they lose him. If my memory is correct, Honda signed a contract that would keep him at VVV until the ed of the 2009/1010 season, when he joined from Grampus. THis means VVV should still get a sizable transfer fee come January, since any club would still have to buy out six months of his contract.

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