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Striker Cong Vinh to play in Japan
  • By Ngo Linh-Kim Anh | | July 22, 2013 05:28 PM

Cong Vinh confirmed that he has been invited by the Japanese football club, Consadole Sapporo FC, to play in the J-League Division 2.


 Cong Vinh has the chance to play in Japan

Previously, Vietnamnet reported that Cong Vinh's outstanding performance in the match between Song Lam Nghe An and Thanh Hoa which led to the team's 2-0 victory.

Cong Vinh started his professional career in 2004 and was one of the top scorers in V-League 2008 with 19 goals in League competition. To date, he has scored 99 goals in V-League action and wanted to set a new record with 100 goals.

Consadole Sapporo FC had wanted to make a deal with Vinh since early this year but the negotiation was unsuccessful. Due to his consistently good performances recently, rumours said that Consadole Sapporo FC was determined to sign a one-year deal with Vinh, this time for USD10,000 per month.

Vinh later confirmed the rumour but said that a five-month contract was signed, which is valid until the end of the 2013 season. He has not given any details about salary.

The contract was shortened because Hanoi Football Club asked for a VND2 billion (USD96,000) compensation from the Japanese club.

Previously, Vinh had been bought by Hanoi FC for VND14 billion. After Hanoi FC suffered financial difficulties in 2012, they loaned out Cong Vinh to Song Lam Nghe An FC for the 2013 season. Consadole Sapporo FC had tried to work it out with Hanoi FC but they were not able to make an agreement.

"We actually don't want to cause troubles for Cong Vinh's career because we also want to free him and have more money for a new generation of players" said the director of Hanoi FC Le Xuan Thong.

"Because I'm playing for Song Lam Nghe An FC now, Consadole Sapporo has to work everything out through them. But I think everything will be okay and I'll probably fly to Japan after the match against Hoang Anh Gia Lai FC." Cong Vinh said.

Consadole Sapporo FC was founded in 1935 and plays in the J-League Division 2.

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