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‘We were interested as soon as his name was thrown up’: Kevin Muscat on Japanese superstar speculation

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat has refused to rule out his club is close to signing Japanese superstar Keisuke Honda and added fuel to speculation by talking up the Blue Samurai midfielder’s potential impact at an A-League club.

While Muscat remained coy on the subject of Honda, he did say the interest has been strong on him for a long time.

“We are offered a lot of these marquee players and we can’t take them all,”

We were very interested as soon as Honda’s name was mentioned. We still believe that he has a lot to offer and the fact that he is interested in joining the A-League is good for the league” Muscat told Tony Leonard and Tony Shaw on Macquarie Sports Radio Melbourne Breakfast.


Honda, who has played 98 matches for the Japanese national team, is highly sought after, and reports suggest the Melbourne Victory are the front runners to sign him in the A-League. He has played for Milan and CSKA Moscow in recent years and at 32 is seen to still have plenty to offer any team who chose to sign him.

Muscat also gave an update on the newly signed German Georg Niedermeier and revealed that he had been keeping a close on the German defender for quite some time.

“We nearly signed Georg prior to last season, and couldn’t get it done. When he was available again this year, we jumped at the opportunity to add him to the squad.”

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