Jun Nishikawa is said to have attracted interests from foreign clubs including Barcelona, but he thinks there are things to do in Japan before moving to Europe.
Nishikawa, who currently belongs to Toko Gakuen High School and has agreed to join Cerezo Osaka next season, is now in Brazil with Japan’s under-17 national team for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. After three games, Japan qualified to play in the Knockout Stage.
In those three games, Nishikawa showed what he can do, scoring and assisting twice. In the third of the Group D games, Nishikawa just came off the bench in the 65th minute and broke the deadlock by scoring the winner in the 83rd minute.
Although it is already widely known that European clubs are setting their eyes on him, Nishikawa himself thinks moving to Europe is “too early” according to Nikkan Sports.
While he wants to “play overseas (in the future), play in the Champions League,” based on his past experience to train with Leverkusen last winter, he thinks he “should be realistic and develop myself.”
“I want to gain experience in the J.League first,” he added. The 17-year-old, registered as a JFA & J.League specially designated player, already made his first appearance in the Levain Cup and the J1 League with Cerezo Osaka, and will officially join the club next season.