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Yuki Kobayashi reveals end of season result that nearly quashed his Celtic move

First signing in the bag and there seems to be more on the way.

Yuki Kobayashi was announced by the club yesterday on a five-year deal after months of speculation.

The former Vissel Kobe defender was on Celtic’s radar for months and he has revealed that Kobe’s disastrous end of season result against the J League Champions Yokohama Marino’s had him doubting whether to complete the move or not.

Speaking in the Daily Record, Kobayashi said, “This season ended with a disappointing result and I wondered if I should transfer at this time.

But playing in Europe has been my dream and goal since I started playing. I cannot thank the club enough for understanding the challenge at this timing and sending me off.

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“Ever since I entered soccer school in kindergarten, I have been brought up at the Vissel Kobe academy. I sincerely appreciate Vissel Kobe and Vissel Academy.

“That’s why I want to show the world the value of the Vissel academy. To all fans, thank you for always supporting us with your passionate support.”

Kobe lost 3-1 to Yokohama at home leaving the Japanese club languishing in 13th place.

But it seems the lure of working with Postecoglou, joining back up with Kyogo and European football soon put those doubts to bed.

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