Honda says deal with AC Milan close

09 August 2013 07:01

Japanese international midfielder Keisuke Honda says he is days away from sealing a move to Italian giants AC Milan from CSKA Moscow.

"I have already admitted having negotiations (with AC Milan) and it's true that they are entering the final stage," Honda said in an interview with the Nikkan Sports daily.

The 27-year-old, who was training in Tokyo on Thursday, said contract details were "being settled", according to the newspaper.

CSKA had demanded a five-million-euro ($6.7 million) transfer fee, the report said.

"As far as I have heard, Milan has mostly satisfied" the financial terms, said the star midfielder, whose contract with the Russian club expires in December.

Last month, Honda scored a double to help his side claim the Russian Super Cup with a 3-0 victory over Zenit St Petersburg.

After more than three years with the reigning Russian champions, Honda has been eyeing Europe's top clubs as he looks ahead to next year's World Cup in Brazil. He has in the past been linked with several English Premier League sides.

Honda said senior officials from the two clubs were to meet in the coming days.

"A clear decision will be made there," he said, adding the final word rested with CSKA president Yevgeny Giner.

Honda said he would not budge on his own demands.

"There may be a solution that my pay could be cut to help finance the transfer but I don't intend to lower (my salary) even one yen," he said.

Source: AFP

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