Football: J-League MVP Osako extends Kobe contract until 2026
J-League football champions Vissel Kobe said Tuesday they have extended the contract of last year’s most valuable player and joint top scorer Yuya Osako until 2026.
Vissel are even considering a further extension for the 33-year-old striker, who led Kobe to their first top-flight title, in 2023. The team will face Lionel Messi’s Major League Soccer club, Inter Miami, on Wednesday in a preseason match at Tokyo’s National Stadium.
“The good results we achieved last year were a big factor,” Osako said of his contract extension in an online interview. “I can still grow with this team.”
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