Taking on a new challenge
CD Tenerife, the club currently sixth in the second tier of Spanish football, have confirmed that Japanese midfielder Gaku Shibasaki has joined the club. The signing comes on the final day of the January transfer window and gives the player a chance to prove himself on the most competitive footballing continent in the world.
Taking your chance in the limelight
Shibasaki came to the attention of many people in Europe after his club Kashimi Antlers qualified, surprisingly, for the final of the Club World Cup and faced Real Madrid in the Fifa showpiece. He then went on to score the two goals that took the game to extra-time, in a game that the European Champions were far from dominant, although did run out eventual winners.
After an excellent spell in Japan, Tenerife will have the services of the 24-year old until the end of the season on loan.