Football: Urawa midfielder Akimoto joins Belgian side Leuven on loan


Urawa Reds midfielder Takahiro Akimoto will join Leuven in the Belgian top flight on a loan deal until the end of June, the J-League first-division club announced Saturday.

Leuven have the option to make the move permanent in the summer and sign the 25-year-old on a three-year deal, according to the Pro League club.

“The decision to leave Urawa Reds was a difficult one. I’m crossing the sea with substantial resolve to make up for that,” Akimoto said in an Urawa statement.

The versatile Tochigi Prefecture native, who can operate also as a fullback or a forward, joined Urawa in 2021 and helped R...

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