Carioca: Japanese says he chose Botafogo for his ‘passion’: ‘I’ve never seen anything like this’
“To be honest, I had some offers from Europe and Asia. It was not easy to decide,” said Keisuke Honda
Posted on 08/02/2020
by Agência Estado
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 08 – Keisuke Honda was officially presented at Botafogo. The Japanese said that the mobilization of the fans was essential to choose the club alvinegro, thanked the expressions of affection of the fans and guaranteed that he should be able to debut in two or three weeks.
The friendly duel of the U-17 team against Boavista in Engenhão, won by the 3-0 alvinegro, preceded the presentation of the main reinforcement of Botafogo for 2020. Honda was presented by the vice-president of football, Marco Agostini, and the vice-president commercial and marketing, Ricardo Rotenberg.
At the press conference, he answered questions from journalists in English and Japanese. The 33-year-old midfielder chose shirt 4, a number he considers important, and said he accepted the Botafogo proposal because he was excited by the passion of the fans, who campaigned on social networks for him to come.
“To be honest, I had some offers from Europe and Asia, in addition to Botafogo. It was not easy to decide, because many other clubs also made good offers. I thought what was best for me and my family. come here because people here were waiting for me. They came, made contact through social networks. I felt their emotion, this excitement “, he explained.
“I have never seen anything like this. I have never seen anything so beautiful in my life. I think that the passion of the fans made me decide to play here”, amended the new reinforcement of Botafogo, extolling the warm welcome he had when disembarking at Galeão airport.
“Thanks” and “much pleasure” are the words that Honda can speak in Portuguese. He said he will study to improve the language and confirmed that there is a termination clause in his contract after the Tokyo Olympics.
“It’s an option that we put in the contract. I’m here, focused on playing as a Botafogo athlete. I don’t think about that option now. I want to think about it after the Olympics. I want to stay here as long as possible. That’s why I decided to play here. I am focused on making people who went to the airport happy as soon as possible “.
Dutchman Seedorf, another big name in world football who recently played for Botafogo, was mentioned by Honda, who sees the arrival at the club as an important challenge in his career. The Japanese’s trajectory includes passages in Dutch, Russian, Italian, Mexican and Australian football.
“If Botafogo has not been doing well in the last few seasons, this is a great opportunity for me and everyone here. We can work to rise all together. I want to contribute with my experience. Of course I don’t have the experience of Seedorf, but I can also help this club. This is a time for us to challenge ourselves “.
PARTY IN ENGENHÃO
After the press conference, around 1 pm, Honda climbed onto Engenhão’s lawn. The Japanese was received by Jairzinho and then posed for pictures. Afterwards, he made embassies and, in a show of affection, kissed Botafogo’s shield and interacted with some of the approximately 13 thousand fans, playing personalized balls and cups with his face.
Honda was greeted by the fans, who sang several songs, such as “Hello hello hello hello, Honda, Honda” and “Look, read, look, there, Honda comes over there, and the bug will catch it! “.