Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have snapped up highly rated Japanese teenage striker Takashi Usami on a loan deal from J-League side Gamba Osaka.
The 19-year-old, who is being touted as one of Japan's brightest prospects, will begin a one-year term with Bayern next month and is expected to arrive in Munich on July 15.
"Bayern Munich is one of the world's top clubs," Usami said at a press conference on Monday. "I know it will be tough to get into the team, but I'm sure I can learn a lot by playing with those in the club."
Bayern's director of sport Christian Nerlinger said the Bavarian giants were excited about Usami's potential, but promised to nurture his talent.
"We have been watching him. He is very talented and has great attacking skills. We will give him the time to get used to life at Bayern," said Nerlinger from Munich.
"I want to improve myself to one day be able to take their place," he said.
He won the J-League Young Player of the Year award last season when he scored seven goals in 26 league matches.
Usami has scored one goal in six league matches in the current March-December season, which was disrupted by the March 11 earthquake-tsunami disaster.
Source: AFP Global Edition