It’s taken its time but Yosuke Ideguchi has finally put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year-deal. The 21 year-old will be joining Cultural Leonesa for the remainder of the season and will be eligible to play for the club from now, having received his work permit today.

The deal to sign Ideguchi has been no secret but getting everything tied up hasn’t been simple. The deal will cost an initial £500k from J-League side Gamba Osaka. Ideguchi becomes the first Japanese player to sign for Leeds United in our history and we will see him at the World Cup this summer, the central midfielder is a key player for the national side, his goal was the one that sealed the passage to Russia late on against Australia. He has become the face of Japanese football recently and will want to make an impression come the finals.

Club Statement

Leeds United can today confirm the signing of Japanese International midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi.
The 21-year-old has successfully completed his medical and becomes the first Japanese player to sign for the club.
Ideguchi joins the club from J1 League side Gamba Osaka for an undisclosed fee and has penned a contract at Elland Road until the summer of 2022.
Capped 10 times by Japan, Ideguchi has also netted two international goals and could represent his country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer.
The midfielder will now join Spanish Segunda Division side Cultural Leonesa until the end of the season.

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