Tokyo: Japanese attacker Keisuke Honda appears to have ruled out a summer transfer to French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
The 26-year-old CSKA Moscow man, dressed in his trademark white suit and sunglasses, gave the unexpected statement to reporters at Tokyo`s Narita Airport as he prepared to join his team-mates in Russia.
"Where`s the big club?" said Honda, responding to a reporter who suggested that a good showing in CSKA`s upcoming training match against the Ligue 1 runners-up in Austria on July 14 could increase the possibility of a summer transfer.
Honda added: "I never considered PSG to be that sort of club."
The bleach-blonde playmaker made headlines last month as well, claiming that he "would also fit in at a big club" following the announcement of Shinji Kagawa`s transfer to Manchester United.
But after over half a year of rehabilitation following knee surgery late last summer, Honda may still have a long way to go before a Premier League or Serie A side makes an offer generous enough to convince the notoriously stingy CSKA front office to part with their star asset.
"I have a lot to do before Japan plays Iraq (on September 11)," the player said before boarding his flight. "First I have to prepare for the league."
First Published: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 14:03