Reported West Brom target Diego Forlan confirms he will stay in Japan

Diego Forlan

The former Manchester United striker looked set to leave Cerezo Osaka.

This week has seen West Brom linked with a move for former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan. The report from the Express and Star stated that the Uruguayan wanted a move away from his Japanese club Cerezo Osaka this month, after they were relegated from the J.League.

At the start of December the Daily Mail posted a story suggesting that Forlan was unhappy in Japan, with these quotes from the goal-getting striker:

"[Japanese players] don't understand the significance of relegation because fans don't pressure them. There's no pressure for them to win or lose.

"It was strange to know that we had been relegated and see [my team-mates] laughing during training the next day. I was frustrated...

"Nobody from the club has spoken with me about my contract since we were relegated. I want to go to a team that wants me."

Forlan will however not be on his way to The Hawthorns.

The Uruguyan posted this picture and post on his official Twitter account yesterday.

Translated the message reads:

"Arriving at the airport in Osaka after a long trip!"

So Forlan has arrived back at the club ahead of the start of the J.League 2 season starting in the coming months.

That would seem to suggest he is not on his way out of the club. Now the Japanese club have confirmed he will play the first-half of the season at least with Cerezo Osaka.

They have stated on their official website, according to Diez, the following:

"Cerezo Osaka has reached an agreement with Diego Forlan in his contract renewal."

Forlan reportedly stated:

"I'll do my best to return to J-League 1."

Diego Forlan struggled to be a hit in England during his spell at Manchester United but has gone on to be a star with Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and the Uruguay national team.

But it seems he will not be getting a chance to prove himself in England on this occasion.

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