(2011 AFC Young Player of the Year Hideki Ishige scores for the J.League selection in the Fuji Xerox Super Cup 2011 Next Generation match)
The Asahi Shimbun reports that Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund is prepared to offer Shinji Kagawa double his current salary to retain his services until 2016. The attacking midfielder, who has been in scintillating form for the reigning champions in their attempt to win back-to-back league titles, and become only the third team in Bundesliga history to have won consecutive championships on two or more separate occasions, would see his salary increase to approximately €58,000 per week should he choose to accept the extension to his contract. Kagawa has previously confirmed that he would like to remain with the German giants, with Kagawa adding:
We are now negotiating over the renewal of my contract. [Staying is] what interests me right now although I know that foreign clubs have asked about me. But I don’t think it is the right time for me to leave this club.
The Asahi Shimbun also provides further detail on 1. FC Nürnberg’s interest in Cerezo Osaka’s burgeoning midfield star Hiroshi Hiyotake. The Under-23 Samurai Blue is reportedly the subject of a €1 million offer from Der Altmeister, and there is also speculation that Nürnberg could make a move for fellow countryman Takashi Inui. Any fee for the 23 year-old midfielder, who plays for 2. Bundesliga outfit VfL Bochum, would need to be in the region of €3 million.
Urawa Red Diamonds have bought the naming rights to the stadium the club describes as its spiritual home, according to the Mainichi Shimbun. The Komaba Stadium, now only used by the Reds for low-profile J.League matches owing to the much larger capacity at the Saitama Stadium, may now be renamed the Urawa Reds Stadium, having secured the rights from Saitama City for a fee of approximately €4.5 million per year for a minimum of three years. The Reds plan to reveal the name of the stadium to the public in mid-May.
And finally, Hideki Ishige, named by the AFC as the 2011 Youth Player of the Year, has signed professional terms with Shimizu S-Pulse, notes the Sankei Shimbun. The 17 year-old midfielder also impressed in the 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Japan’s run to the quarter-finals, where they lost 3-2 to Brazil.