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Forlan set for next challenge in Japan

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 12, 2014 at 5:42 am •  Published: February 12, 2014

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Uruguay forward Diego Forlan says he had no hesitation about taking his career to Japan where he will become the most high-profile player in the J-League in years.

The 34-year-old Forlan was introduced on Wednesday as the newest member of Cerezo Osaka, the latest stop in a career including stints at Manchester United, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.

Osaka declined to reveal the financial terms of the deal but Japanese media reported it was $5.8 million for the 2014 season, a record for the J-League.

Forlan will join compatriot Luis Suarez this summer when Uruguay plays England, Costa Rica and Italy in Group D at the World Cup but said he wasn't concerned the switch to Osaka will interfere with his preparations for Brazil.

"I'm not worried about that at all," Forlan said at a news conference. "The level of football here is very high from both a technical and physical standpoint so if anything, I think this will be good preparation for the World Cup."

Forlan has already played for club teams in six different countries so moving to Japan shouldn't be too daunting.

More than 1,000 Osaka fans greeted Forlan at the team's home stadium on Wednesday, an indication of the excitement his signing has generated.

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