Japan World Cup star Keisuke Honda will no be leaving CSKA Moscow in January, according to the player's agent Kees Ploegsma. Honda has attracted the attention of Premier League sides Liverpool and Arsenal, as well as AC Milan, following a number of star performances at the World Cup in South Africa coupled with some impressive turnouts for CSKA Moscow. But Ploegsma has confirmed that the Japanese international will remain with the Russian outfit until at least the summer, quashing talk of potential moves to Anfield or the Emirates respectively. “He will stay in Moscow,” Ploegsma told sport.co.uk. “We have no contacts within any club at this moment in time and after next week Honda will be going to a training camp in Turkey with CSKA. In the summer, it is something different, we will see, but it is far away now. “He is staying in January and returning to CSKA with pleasure. In the future we will see." Ploegsma's comments end speculation over the immediate future of his client, who has been linked with a move away from Russia since the World Cup. The Japanese star is featured on a four-man shortlist for the Most Valuable Player award at the Asian Cup after two man-of-the-match showings in the tournament, and is due to feature in the final against Australia tomorrow. Honda was reported to be considering a move away from CSKA after reports surfaced that the club were considering cashing in on the 24-year-old. By Ben McAleer
28 January 2011
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