Yoshinori Muto was thrilled to come to Newcastle, and it was good he was able to get a visa to complete the move.
Muto has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he says it’s difficult for Japanese players to come to England – you need to be part of the Japanese International team to get a visa.
There is now more interest in Newcastle from the Japanese media now he is at the club.
Japan did quite well in the World Cup in Russia this summer, and the biggest story for them was the way they left their dressing room so clean and pristine after their 3-2 defeat by Belgium.
And they left a thank you note to their Russian hosts.
Japanese dressing room after their final game against Belgium
A little bit of class shown there.
Muto is very keen to be a big success at Newcastle, and this is what he has said in his interesting interview:
“There has been quite a big reaction in Japan.” “I would like to contribute to results so we get more attention back home.”
“I can speak English but it’s not perfect. The club have been fantastic and I am grateful to come to this club.”
“The fans have been wonderful. I would like to get good results and help the club.”
“This is a big challenge, but I feel like I can contribute to the club in some capacity.”
“I want to score goals or contribute to results.”
“Because of the visa requirement, it is difficult for Japanese players to come to England.”
“You have to play for the national team to do so.” “It is hard for them at the moment, that is why it is one of the top leagues in the world.”
“I know Newcastle is a big club because of Alan Shearer.” “This club has been a traditional big club. That is known in Japan.”
“I wasn’t able to play that long. On a personal level I am not happy about that.”
“As a team the last game against Belgium we put in a great performance.”
“If small details were different we might have got a different result.”
“It’s our normal way of doing things (the way they cleaned their dressing room – shown above). It is to show the gratitude of using their facilities.”
“We always do it, even if it is a training game.” “We acted as normal and it got attention.”
“If we clean little by little maybe we can get slightly better.” “I wouldn’t be happy leaving places dirty. It is a normal thing in Japan.”
“It isn’t the same here or in Germany. It is a cultural difference.”
“There aren’t big differences. In Germany there are certain days that are open to the fans.”
“Here the training is away from the fans. The set-up in England is centered about football.”
“I’m not sure that particular game was something that impressed him.
“After playing in Germany for three years to get the offer to play in England I had a real desire to test myself in this league.”
“Rafa wanted me as a player which is a huge thing anyway. I wasn’t prepared to miss out.”
We now look forward to Muto being a massive success on Tyneside this season.
The lad certainly has the temperament and character to be successful at Newcastle.
And he could become a big favorite on Tyneside if he can knock in those goals for us this season.