Chelsea transfer target Yoshinori Muto has revealed that he rejected a move to Stamford Bridge in favour of a switch to Mainz because the German club “fits his level”.
The 22-year-old Japan striker, who has 11 senior international caps to his name, scored 13 goals in 33 games in his season in the J-League.
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Muto’s fine form caught the eye of Chelsea, who wee reportedly willing to shell out £4m to bring him to West London, but he snubbed the chance to join the Premier League champions, instead opting to join Mainz, who finished 11th in this season’s Bundesliga.
“I wanted to keep my expectation realistic and play for a team that fits my level,” Muto is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
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Muto will link up with Japan teammate Shinji Okazaki at Mainz.