FC Tokyo on Saturday night confirmed that striker Yoshinori Muto will join Germany’s Mainz this summer via a stadium announcement.
The club’s declaration came after their 2-1 win against Kashiwa Reysol, in which the 22-year-old scored a game-winning penalty kick in the 69th minute.
That penalty came moments after the match resumed following a stoppage caused by a large earthquake near Tokyo.
Muto, who declined an offer by Premier League champions Chelsea in accepting the Bundesliga move, has eight goals this season for Tokyo. Saturday’s broke a three-game losing streak with the result at Ajinomoto Stadium, raising Massimo Ficcadenti’s men to third place on the table.
“I’m grateful to everyone for having been given this chance,” Muto said in a statement issued through Tokyo’s official homepage. “I’m especially grateful to our fans and supporters who have given me so much courage.
“This was a difficult decision to make, and I apologise for troubling many people in the process.
“For now I want to focus on playing as best as I can for FC Tokyo, the club I love and the club that helped me grow.”
Mainz confirmed that the recent Keio University’s graduate’s contract will last through June 2019.
His final game for the the Japanese club will come on June 27 when they host Shimizu S-Pulse in the last round of the J1 League’s First Stage.