Japan international eager to win regular Leicester place

Japan international Yuki Abe admits he has fulfilled an ambition by signing with Leicester City.

Japan international Yuki Abe admits he has fulfilled an ambition by signing with Leicester City.

Abe joined the Foxes on a three-year deal from the J-League's Urawa Red Diamonds in the summer.

And the 29-year-old is relishing the opportunity to ply his trade in England.

"English football is very popular in Japan and I have followed it for a very long time, so being able to play here is a dream come true," said Abe.

"I did some research when I found out about the club's interest and learned about their history and past players such as Emile Heskey.

"(Leicester manager) Paulo Sousa is one of the main reasons I came here because I admired him when he was still playing and he seems to be a great manager."

Abe, who made his Foxes debut off the bench during Tuesday night's 2-1 win over Cardiff, is determined to earn a regular spot in the first team and help the club win promotion to the Premier League.

"I enjoy challenges and this is one I am ready for," he added. "Our goal is very clear. I will sacrifice myself for the team so we can achieve it."

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