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Honda realizes his dream in joining AC Milan

Dream realized: Japan forward Keisuke Honda presented as AC Milan's newest player

AC Milan's Keisuke Honda, of Japan, arrives at Milan's international airport Malpensa, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. New Milan signing Keisuke Honda ...

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AC Milan's Keisuke Honda, of Japan, arrives at Milan's international airport Malpensa, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. New Milan signing Keisuke Honda ...

MILAN (AP) -- Keisuke Honda says he dreamed of playing in the Serie A and wearing a No. 10 shirt when he was 12.

Now it's a reality.

The Japan forward was presented on Wednesday as an AC Milan player after signing a 3 1/2-year contract on a free transfer from CSKA Moscow.

Honda says, "I knew that one day my dream would be realized. When I was 12 I wrote in an essay that one day I would play in Serie A with the No. 10."

Scores of Japanese journalists crowded in with local media at the presentation inside the San Siro.

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni, a former Milan manager, encouraged Honda's move to Italy.

Mired in 11th place, Milan is hoping Honda can help the club to a second-half surge.


Updated : 2021-01-26 17:56 GMT+08:00