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Tomiyasu is excited about Bologna’s pressure

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Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu moved from Belgian club Sint-Truiden to the Serie A side Bologna for this season.

Japanese footballer Takehiro Tomiyasu moved from Belgian Pro-League club Sint-Truiden to Italian Lega Serie A side Bologna.

And he hopes he can “become a leader” as he’s excited to be playing under a lot of pressure.

“Yuto Nagatomo told me that there’s a lot of pressure playing in Italy, but that excites me, as it means the fans are passionate,” the defender was quoted by Football Italia.

“So many people have already stopped me in the street to show their encouragement over the last few days.”

The Japanese player explained: “I hope to stay here for a long time and as soon as I received the offer, I jumped at it.”

“There are organized defenses in Serie A and great strikers.”

“I can play as a full-back or in the center, but my objective either way is to become a leader at the back,” he added.

“I haven’t met the coach yet, but we did speak on the telephone,” the new player said about manager Sinisa Mihajlovic who remains in the hospital after his first chemotherapy against leukemia.

The 20-year-old started his professional career in 2015 with Avispa Fukuoka, then moved in 2018 to the Belgian side.

He has also taken part of the Japanese national team U19, U20, and senior squads.

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