Honda frustrated by AC Milan bench role

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Japanese star has admitted his disappointment in being constantly omitted from ’s starting line-up.

The 29-year-old midfielder has been with the Italian Serie A side since 2013 and was a regular last term, but has struggled for first-team action this season.

Honda has been linked with a move to the English Premier League as a result and he acknowledges it has been difficult for him to deal with a place out of the team.

“The Milan situation is not easy,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“To be on the bench for so many matches is something that has never happened to me before and I am beginning to understand how it feels to be on the outside.

Honda, who represented CSKA Moscow for four seasons before joining Milan, has netted 33 times in 78 games for his country.