Samurai Blue midfielder Shoya Nakajima has joined Al Ain on loan from Porto, the United Arab Emirates club announced on Saturday.

The 26-year-old signed for Porto in the summer of 2019 from Qatari side Al Duhail on a five-year contract, but he was limited to 16 league appearances last season and four this quarter at the Portuguese giant.

“So happy and proud to play for one of the best clubs in Asia,” Nakajima told Al Ain’s official website.

“I am aware of all the local and continental challenges that lie ahead of me playing for the only UAE football team to win the AFC Champions League title and a team with unprecedented and record-breaking achievements in the Cup. of the FIFA Club World. “

Al Ain finished second in the 2018 tournament held in the United Arab Emirates.

Nakajima, who will wear the No.22 shirt, joins compatriot and defender Tsukasa Shiotani at his new club. The 32-year-old was Nakajima’s teammate at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 as a major player.

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