Date: 12th June 2009 at 1:28pm
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Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura’s move to former club Yokohama Marinos has been thrown into doubt due to “unforeseen problems”, according to the Japanese club’s president.

The 30-year-old Japan international had been widely expected to return to Yokohama for some time and it had been suggested the deal would have gone through in January if the club had the cash. However, the out-of-contract star’s future appears to still be in the balance.

According to Marinos president Masaharu Saito, Nakamura’s representatives have not been in touch after the club “put together the best offer” they could. The deal still looks likely but in a world where Real Madrid can throw £80million around to sign Ronaldo from Manchester United, who knows?

Saito told Japan Today: “At this point in time we still have no answer from Nakamura’s representatives. We have tried to put together the best offer we can and are just waiting for a reply. There have been unforeseen problems and that is why discussions are taking longer than first expected. But I believe we will soon get the answer we are hoping for.”

Reports towards the tail-end of last season linked Nakamura with a move to the Middle East, where he would have had the opportunity of “getting rich quick” but more recent speculation has suggested a number of Spanish clubs are interested in securing his services.

Whatever happens, Nakamura can leave Celtic with his head held high, with the knowledge he has left fans with some great memories – not least the stunning free-kick at Parkhead which saw the club defeat Manchester United and reach the last-16 of the Champions League.

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