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Report: Japan's Hosogai to join Leverkusen


TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japan midfielder Hajime Hosogai will join Germany's Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen from the Urawa Red Diamonds, local media reported on Thursday.

"I made a positive decision to put myself in an environment that will be tough for me," Hosogai was quoted as saying by the Kyodo news agency.

The 24-year old played for Japan at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and made his debut for the national team in a home friendly against Paraguay in September.

Leverkusen are third in the Bundesliga at the start of the four-week winter break, tied on 33 points with Mainz but 10 points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund.

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Japan's Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke 04), Makoto Hasebe (VfL Wolfsburg) and Kisho Yano (Freiburg) alll play in the Bundesliga.