Japan's Kento Hashimoto joins Russian side FK Rostov

Tokyo: Japan's Kento Hashimoto will join FK Rostov in the Russian top flight later this month, his J-League club FC Tokyo have announced.

The 26-year-old midfielder is scheduled to finalise his move, pending a physical, following FC Tokyo's J-League tie with Urawa Reds on July 18.

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"Playing abroad is something I've dreamt about since childhood. I'll work hard so that news of my success reaches Japan," Hashimoto said in a statement through FC Tokyo.

A defensive midfielder who can also play centrally or at the back, Hashimoto has earned seven caps for Japan following his international debut in March last year.

He graduated through the FC Tokyo youth ranks and was promoted to the top team in 2015 following a spell on loan with then-J2 club Roasso Kumamoto.

Rostov are currently fifth in the Russian Premier League with three games remaining.

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