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Nagatomo: Inter confirm departure of Japan full-back

Nagatomo: Inter confirm departure of Japan full-back

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The Italian side have announced they have reached an agreement to sell the Japanese to Turkish giants Galatasaray.

Inter Milan have announced they have reached an agreement with Turkish side Galatasaray for the sale of Japanese international Yuto Nagatomo.

The 31-year-old full-back joins the Turkish giants on a permanent deal after a loan spell at the club in the second half of the 2017/18 season.

Nagatomo had been on the books of Inter Milan since 2011, making 213 appearances and scoring 13 goals for the Nerazzurri.

"Arigato Yuto"

In recent years, the Japan international had struggled for game time at Inter and was in January allowed to join Galatasaray on loan.

In a statement on their official website, the Nerazzurri announced they had agreed a permanent move to the Istanbul side.

"After eight seasons 213 appearances and 13 goals with the Nerazzurri colours, the Japanese defender is preparing for a new adventure in Turkey," the statement reads.

"Everyone at the club thanks him for the years spent together and we sincerely wish him the best of luck in his future professional challenges.

"Arigato Yuto!"

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