August 21. Reuters. Japan’s Ko Itakura joined Germany’s second division Schalke 04 under a one-year loan agreement from Manchester City.
Schalke announced the move on their official website on Friday and said they have the option to buy the 24-year-old at the end of the season.
Itakura moved to City in January 2019 and was immediately loaned to Dutch Groningen for the past two and a half seasons.
Itakura was a member of the Japan team, which finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics, and also played for the senior Hajime Moriyasu team five times.
Reporting by Michael Church; editing by Jane Wardell
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