J-League chairman keen to bring Indonesian prodigy Evan Dimas

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J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai has admitted his interest in bringing young talents from like to compete in .

Speaking to Kompas in early this week, Murai, who was appointed as the Japanese top-flight league’s leader in January last year, also stated that he would like to see more players come to Japan after Irfan Bachdim.

Bachdim currently plies his trade at Consadole Sapporo in J2, but the Dutch-born forward made his name to become the first Indonesian player who played in Japan in professional era when he signed a contract with J1 side Ventforet Kofu last year.

“I’m interested to invite another Indonesian players to J-League after watching Irfan Bachdim [quality] and I won’t rule out more talented players like Evan Dimas to come,” said Murai.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder is considered one of the South-East Asia’s finest young players and has caught many attentions from several clubs with Spanish side UE Llagostera invited him to have a trial in August.

Evan, a graduate of Surabaya local club’s academy, made his debut for Indonesia senior squad in 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup after winning the AFF Youth Championship with U-19 team in the previous year.