Keita Endo Joins Union Berlin on Permanent Basis

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Union Berlin have signed Keita Endo on a permanent basis. The Japan international joined the Bundesliga outfit on a season-long loan from Yokohama F Marinos at the start of last season.

Keita Endo Joins Union Berlin on Permanent Basis From Yokohama F Marinos

Winger Has Impressed During Loan Spell on Köpernick

Keita Endo joined Union Berlin on a season-long loan back in July, with the option to buy. Now, the German club have activated that clause and signed the Japan international for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old took a while to settle into life in Germany but has impressed manager Urs Fischer enough to earn himself a permanent deal.

Endo has turned out 14 times in the Bundesliga, with his one goal coming in a 5-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei back in November.

Despite only starting four Bundesliga matches, Endo has impressed on the ten occasions on which he has been substituted on.

What Was Said

Speaking to the club’s official website, Endo said: “Despite the language barrier, I was given a really warm welcome here.

“I felt at home from day one and now I’m even more excited to be part of the team. Personally, I’ve been able to gain a lot of experience in the matches so far and I’m looking forward to playing in the Bundesliga next season.”

Oliver Ruhnert, Union Berlin’s Managing Director for Professional Football, added: “Keita has already shown the quality he brings to the table despite missing the start of the season due to injury and the difficult pandemic situation.

“Keita is ambitious, determined and very talented. He will have the time to develop permanently and help us further.”

Another Boost Ahead of Next Season

The addition of Keita Endo will be a welcome boost for Union as the club have already begun to build for next season. So far, Die Eisernen have already added midfielder Rani Khedira and defender Paul Jaeckel from Augsburg and Greuther Fürth respectively. Unlike the transfer of Endo, which involved a fee, these two players both arrived as free transfers.

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