Bundesliga side Stuttgart have announced the signing of 22-year-old central defender Hiroki Ito from Japanese second division club Jubilo Iwata.
Ito will be integrated into the Bundesliga via the U21 side to get used to European football.
“Hiroki has the footballing and physical prerequisites to make the leap into the squad of our professional team in the medium term,” said sporting director Sven Mislintat. “He will initially go through the U21s and get used to European football step by step.
“We are convinced Hiroki will be able to do this quickly due to his mentality and we look forward to working with him.”