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Ljungberg agrees to bumper Japanese deal

Swede Fredrik Ljungberg is reportedly set to become the best paid footballer in the Japanese league after signing for Shimizu S-Pulse.

Ljungberg agrees to bumper Japanese deal

The former Sweden international, who had been released after a stint at Celtic in Glasgow, has agreed to a deal which will cover this current season and the next, according to several media reports.

“I am really looking forward to playing in Japan,” Ljungberg told ESPN.

“I was inspired by how the Japanese people handled the earthquake tragedy of March 11 and now I want to show my support by playing football in Japan and for S-Pulse.”

Ljungberg, who has now plied his trade in England, most notably at Arsenal, the USA and Scotland, as well as in Sweden, had been linked with a move to Sven Göran Eriksson’s Leicester, but instead chose to take on the challenge of the Japanese top flight.

The move will most likely be the last big contract for the 34-year-old, who had a frustrating stay at Celtic where he struggled to win a regular first team place.

The Scottish giants decided not to take out the option of an extra year on Ljungberg’s deal, so he has been looking for a new club during the current football transfer window.

Shimizu S-Pulse, who are based near Mount Fuji are one of the top teams in the Japanese league.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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